Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Federal officials have rejected an appeal from Westport to continue funding an after school bus service but suggested the town might be able to secure a waiver that could restore the monies, First Selectman Jim Marpe said today.
In a statement, Marpe said there was not sufficient time to make the waiver appeal before school starts Aug. 25 and urged the several hundred affected families to make alternate arrangements for their children.
Marpe said he was informed Tuesday night by Mary Beth Mello, Boston-based regional administrator for the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), of the denial of Westport’s request to continue funding of the Westport Transit District (WTD) service at least temporarily until alternate transport could be obtained.
“Ms. Mello informed us that the FTA made the determination that ‘there was no mechanism for an extension in their regulations,’ and therefore they denied our request,” Marpe said.
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