The Courier-Record

WHEELS ON THE BUS

BABS budget OK’d by Council

Town officials have approved a $1,059,663 budget for the Blackstone Area Bus System that will include the Town buying a new bus and one raised roof van.

Council’s 5-0 vote — with two absentees — on BABS’ 2024-25 budget came Wednesday, Jan. 3rd after a presentation by Transit Director Alex Wilkinson. The Town’s share of the bus system is only $54,371 thanks to state and federal transit funds, Council President and Finance Chairman Eric Nash emphasized.

Highlights for the coming year include 4% across-the-board pay aises, in addition to a 1.5% administrative salary increase, an updated security system, and one part-time position going to full-time.

Within the overall $1.059 million total budget, BABS’ operating budget includes these eight routes: Blackstone ($143,132), Crewe-Burkeville ($77,493), Town & County ($119,937), Brunswick ($85,759), Piedmont Amelia ($91,874), Piedmont Buckingham ($120,887), Dinwiddie ($123,017), Fort Pickett ($47,660).

Blackstone began its bus system in 2003 with a single 15-passenger bus. The Town built its bus shop on North West Avenue four years later and today maintains a large fleet that serves a wide area.

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