The Clarion-Ledger, 1/9/9

If it weren’t for JATRAN’s Route 13, Annette Stewart would not have her independence.

She catches the bus most weekdays from her home in Presidential Hills and rides it to relatives’ houses or to run errands.

“I get up every morning and I catch the bus, and I do what I need to do,” she said.

But with only a handful of people using the route each day, the service soon could shut down. A new report by the city of Jackson says JATRAN will have to cut bus service “as soon as possible” or it again will exceed its budget, which is $4.79 million this fiscal year.

The report is set to be discussed at a Jackson City Council meeting Monday, and already it appears politically unpopular.