Hampden residents who take the bus on Saturday will be able to continue to do so. The town council voted Monday night 4 to 3 to keep the service.
Some wanted to cancel the Saturday bus loop because of low ridership and the $28,000 it adds to the town budget and taxpayer responsibility.
Members of the public who wanted to keep the serviec say many people use it to get to and from work.
“Those who are unable to drive certainly deserve our consideration, those of us who are fortunate enough to be able to do so certainly can afford to be a little bit more generous..we take away something that can be a lifeline for people,” said Debbie Dufton, a Hampden resident.
“I feel for people that don’t have a car and need to get to work or need to get to shopping I can’t justify the cost of this for the small portion of our town that it serves,” said Carol Duprey, Hampden Mayor who voted against the motion to keep the service.
It costs the town $538 each Saturday the bus runs.