WPCNR CITY HALL CIRCUIT. September 13, 2012:
For about three months, field trips for seniors who participate at the city Senior Center at the Armory, have been cancelled due to a breakdown of the large city-owned bus, Ted Goodman, the son of Ida Goodman of North Broadway, told WPCNR yesterday. His mother, 94 years of age asked if there was anything he could do to get the bus back since several trips had been cancelled.
Karen Pasquale, of the Mayor's office clarified the situation Thursday morning by issuing this statement, promising seniors there would be no more trip cancellations.
In her statement she writes:
"So...the bus started to have problems in mid-June. Since that time it has been in and out of our DPW garage for repair. About a week ago it was sent over to Matthew's Bus (the dealer). It's an issue with the bus's computer system and both DPW and the dealer are having trouble determining the exact cause. The Senior Center is not planning to cancel any more trips.
They will utilize smaller vans and other city vehicles to transport the seniors as needed until either the computer issue is resolved or a permanent replacement is found. We are aware that the seniors prefer their bus to the smaller vans and are actively working on resolving the issue. We appreciate everyone's patience.