Hoover votes to end bus service

HOOVER, AL (WBRC) - The Hoover City Council voted Monday night to cut all funding for MAX bus service at the end of the month, ending bus service in the city.

The city council unanimously passed a resolution Monday night terminating the MAX bus routes in Hoover effective October 31.  The vote came only hours after the Birmingham Jefferson County Transportation Authority voted to reduce the number of bus routes to Hoover because of funding cuts.

A couple of bus service supporters pleaded with council members Monday night to find some money to keep some of the bus routes, but councilors said the number of riders is down and the city cannot afford to pay for the bus service, which recently requested the city of Hoover increase its fees from $38,000 to $119,000.

Hoover Mayor Tony Petelos said Monday he was prepared to ask the city council to spend another $50,000 for bus service next year, but changed his mind after the BJCTA sent Hoover a bill for another $69,000.

"When they wanted to go from $39,000 to $119,000, I told them we couldn't do that," Petelos said. "We are not going to be able to do that."

Petelos said the city would find a new way to help people in Hoover who need public transportation.

Max Interim Executive Director William Copling was not available Monday to respond the Hoover's criticism.