Norfolk County council has voted to make it's bus service a permanent operation.
Council decided last night (Tuesday) to extend the current Ride Norfolk pilot project. The council vote passed by the slimmest of margins. Some councillors say the transit service is too expensive. Current costs are running at 30-thousand dollars a month, and the income from fares only totals about 11-hundred. By making a long-term commitment, Norfolk now qualifies for federal gas tax funds of about 90-thousand dollars a year to apply to the yearly expense of about 230-thousand..
Mayor Dennis Travale made a passionate appeal to council to make the commitment, saying the bus is about more than the money. Travale said the service will never make money, but fills a social need.