Friday, June 06, 2008

The sad fate of gas&diesel powered bus systems.

Holmes Transportation System dissolved
By Beverly Keller
The Budget Newspaper
Sugar Creek, Ohio

As of July 1, 2008, those who utilize the Holmes Transportation System will need to find a new way to work and appointments as the rising cost of fuel and Workers’ Compensation has left the needle on empty in regards to cash flow.

...The shutdown of the system came as a bit of a shock to many businesses and individuals throughout Holmes County who utilize the system on a daily basis. One business executive who wished to remain anonymous explained that his company utilizes the system exclusively to make sure its workforce has a way to work. “Without it, we’ll be left in a bad spot,” he said. “We have had to rely on private companies and haulers before and the results have been less than what we were promised from the beginning. We have begun our search but were under the impression the system would still be rolling until at least the end of August or September. We are hoping to find a company, entity or private hauler who can deliver our employees with the same accuracy that the transportation system provided.”

“Unfortunately we don’t see a way to continue operations until August or September,” Hall said. “Debt would continue to mount and prices could go even higher.”

Walkerow noted that Holmes Transportation is already screening other providers to take over some of the major contracts it currently holds. It is important to note that on March 27, the system announced that it was discontinuing all services in Wayne County.

In addition to soaring costs, the fleet is filled with many aging vehicles that are not handicap accessible. The cost to replace aging vehicles that are not fuel efficient was not a cost that could be absorbed...


A lot of municipalities and school systems are going to find themselves in the exact same position before this is all over. Communities that have not had the foresight to invest in electric mass transit systems are being hit hard by rising diesel prices, which have actually been higher than regular gasoline prices for some time now, defying historic trends.

The sad thing is that people have seen this coming, and even warned their city and county leaders - but the advice fell on deaf ears, and nothing was done to prepare for the inevitable demise of gas and diesel powered bus systems in the wake of peak oil.

What a shame.

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