With its budget under strain, the Greensboro Transit Authority is looking for opportunities to cut costs while adding vehicles to relieve overcrowding on fixed routes.
The transit authority board voted at its Aug. 23 meeting to eliminate the Irving Park-Starmount Shuttle Route and the Career Express Evening Service. The Irving Park-Starmount Shuttle Route mainly serves domestic housekeepers working in the two well-heeled neighborhoods. The career express provides evening service to retail areas near Piedmont Triad International Airport in northwest Greensboro. The taxpayer subsidy for the two services respectively amount to $36.90 and $72.45 per passenger, compared to an average of $4 for the system as a whole. Eliminating the two services would save the transit system an estimated $139,224.