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Published March 25, 2011, 06:58 PM

Tri-Valley Bus Ends EGF-Crookston Route

It's the last stop for the Tri-Valley commuter bus that runs between East Grand Forks and Crookston. Commuters between the towns will have to find a different ride because of a lack of funding.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

Riders that use the Tri-Valley commuter bus service between Crookston and East Grand Forks will have to find a different way to work Monday.

Tri-Valley community services director Cynthia Pic said they have ten to twelve people rising the bus every day and have more requests coming. She says the local resources needed to keep up the service aren't coming in.

The Tri-Valley service has been in operation for about three years and has been paid for with a federal grant requiring a local match up 50 percent or about $25,000 dollars. There has been some local match money, but just not enough.

"We have gotten some minimal support from local businesses. A couple of foundations. But we just don't have the longevity or the funds to continue to supporting that local share," says Pic.

Pic says ridership is up because of higher gas prices. But that doesn't help the problem, since riders' fees can't be used as money in the local grant share. Still, Pic has not given up all hope on the bus route.

"They are willing to let us hold onto the grant, the federal funds for a period of time to see if we can find a local share so that we can re-establish that route," says Pic.

The Tri-Valley commuter route between Thief River Falls and East Grand Forks will continue. Matching grant funds are provided by Northland Community and Technical College.

That route is primarly used by students and faculty for a ride between the two campuses.