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NAOMI and Metro communities reach agreement on South Metro bus service

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Community leaders meet in Weston to talk about the new South Metro bus plan, November 15, 2012
Community leaders meet in Weston to talk about the new South Metro bus plan, November 15, 2012

WESTON, Wis. (WSAU) - Leaders from each of the municipalities in the Wausau Metro met today with the leader of the NAOMI group to endorse a new plan to bring bus service to the South Metro.

Weston administrator Dan Guild, Wausau Mayor Jim Tipple, Schofield Mayor Ken Fabel and Rothschild village president George Peterson met today with NAOMI president Rabbi Dan Danson to approve the 7 route a day plan presented by Weston to the other municipalities.

Weston and the other municipalities are agreeing to a 7-run-per-day schedule that will allow them to partner with Schofield and Rothschild to provide the bus route. This would also allow paratransit service to return to the area.

NAOMI spokesman Rabbi Dan Danson said today that the move will return service to a group that desperately needs it. "Paratransit will return independence and self-sufficiency to a wide range of people who are unable to drive or don't have access to a car."

Metro Ride officials laid out a tentative bus route that would lead from the North Central Health Care facility, through Schofield and Rothschild, and lead to Weston and the St Clare's campus.

The route and other budgeting specifics will have to go through both the Transit Commission and each municipality over the next several weeks.

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