BOSSIER CITY, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – Bossier City Council motioned to move a 400K budget cut forward for the city’s Public Transit system, leaving 2023 at 500K for the year.

Public Transit will focus its services during peak hours in the day with a midday break beginning from 5:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

In early January as the city council for Bossier was reviewing the fiscal year budget, they decided to make some cuts in order to spread capital evenly in the community. The public transit system will be making changes to continue to accommodate the needs of the community while staying under budget.

CEO for SporTran Dinero Washington says this will greatly impact many residents across both Bossier and Shreveport. Their budget is typically around 900K annually, but with the new budget cut, they will only have 500K to use for 2023.

“The First I heard of this was on January 4th, which means our January services were already operating, so we already spent about 85K of the budget from that 500K, so that leaves me 415K to operate February through December with,” said CEO of SporTran Dinero Washington.

Washington adds his team will do what they can to provide the best service to the community.

During Tuesdays Bossier City Council Meeting Mayor Tommy Chandler began the discussion by saying “I do not agree with the timing.”

The council also heard from two community members. They both shared their testimony and explained how services like paratransit positively impacted their lives.

In Washington’s closing statements, he brought it back to the numbers and explained “ridership was up 130 percent in 2022.”

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Washington and Mayor Chandler both said there is no city budget crisis.

“Ultimately, the final decision on Sportran’s funding rests with the City Council. While I don’t
agree with the timing of this budget amendment, I am focusing on making sure these funds will
be used to benefit the citizens of Bossier City,” said Bossier City Mayor Tommy Chandler

The council closed this topic by reassuring the public they will re-evaluate this agenda item and create some alternative options. This city item has now been placed on the agenda for February 21, further discussion will continue in the following city council meeting.