There is going to be a gap in service of 2-3 weeks while the housekeeping gets taken care of, but Southwestern Community Services will be taking over the CATS bus service. Thank you to everyone who wrote a letter, made a phone call, came to a meeting, or just talked to a friend. It mattered.
There is a lot of legal paperwork involved, and it just takes time. That does mean no buses for a couple of weeks while they do it, but after that the service will resume. Big thanks to NHDOT Commissioner Sheehan for help, without which this would not have happened. Besides her efforts to find a new provider, the deal with SCS is contingent on NHDOT providing daily operational support and management during a transition period of at least 3 months. They don’t have to do it, so I am particularly grateful that they are.
I would also like to thank Claremont Mayor Charlene Lovett. Most of you know how critical I have been of Claremont’s lack of support. Mayor Lovett said in a statement that she has received calls of support not only from people, but Claremont businesses. She has put a lot of effort into this and at a city council meeting, plans to ask the Council straight out how they intend to support the bus service going forward. I am grateful for her action, and hope that Claremont’s city council takes the issue as seriously as she did.
I would really like to thank the local support from regular people, and the towns who have always worked hard and paid to keep this service running. That, combined with having solid support for years from Rep. Tom Laware made this a much easier fight to have.