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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - July 28, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania INSIDE TODAY 1 Patton church gets face-lift LIFE: Modular homes mean affordability Dl St. Francis inducts new Hall of Fame class page Bl Copyright 2001 BY WILLIAM KUU.KH Staff Writer Rising fuel and labor costs are forcing Amtran to lay off three workers and cut bus service by 75 hours per week. This year's budget for diescl fuel has risen to In addition, the union contract calls for a 3 percent wage hike, and health insurance costs have climbed 8 percent, General Man- ager Eric Wolf said. The bus authority will lay off two full-time drivers and a part-time maintenance worker. The contract hike is not exces- sive, but labor costs are the biggest area of the budget, Wolf said. The health care increase is a bar- gain compared to a larger increase the authority would have paid if it still dealt with the insurance orga- nization it broke away from last year because it was getting too expensive. When it must cut service, the authority targets routes that don't moot its minimum performance standard of 10 passengers per hour. The decisions on service reduc- tions ate not final.There will be a public meeting at 10 a.in. Aug. 11 at the community room in the Logan Valley Mall to discuss the service cuts and hear counterproposals. Aintran's policy is to hold such public meetings when the authori- ty proposes cuts this large, Wolf said. Riders will have another oppor- tunity for comment at Am Iran's next board meeting at p.m. Aug. 15 at the Penn State Conference Center on 12th Avenue ui the former Playhouse Theatre building. The board should vote to approve service cuts at that meet- ing. While expenses have risen, rev- enues have been level. The public utilities tax diverted to bus compa- nies has been reduced because of deregulation of the electric genera- tion industry, said Tom Klevan, business development director. The first day for any service changes woidd be Aug. 27, Klevan said. Staff Writer William Kihler can te reached at 949-7030 or TTjfl 3uthorily proposes eliminating: Routs 12; the last daily trip al p.m. of Second Avenue Route 2 from Monday to Friday; the last Iripat p.m. ol Pleasant 'Valley Roule 5, Monday to Saturday; dasher trips from to p.m. Monday to Friday. Die authority has proposed the following olbef changes: Second Avenue Route 2; Broad Avenue Roule 4; and Fairaew Roule 6 will alternate Saturdays, similar to Sunday schedules. Pleasaat Valley Route 5 will serve the stale Job Center on Fairway Drive and the Altoona Housing Authority on alternate trips. The 7 a.m. trip will go to the Housing Authority and the 8 p.m. trip lo the Center, establishing the pan era lira to ute wi II f ol low al I day. itttrnir Amtran cutting workers SATURDAY, JULY 28, 2001 FUNDING FOR FARMERS -V S- J> i t- i
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