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Iowa City considers Sunday bus service

IOWA CITY (KWWL) - Iowa City is examining the possibility of operating city bus routes on Sundays. This comes after several hundred residents petitioned for it, and the city council discussed the issue during their Monday night work session.

One person who hopes Sunday bus service becomes a reality is Craig Bagel. He's been wheelchair-bound his entire life, and says the busses simply make it easier for him to get around.

"For a lot of people it's the only way to get across town," Bagel told us, as he waited at one bus stop on Monday afternoon.

We also spoke with Charlotte Miller, who rides into downtown on a regular basis. Bus service on Sundays would allow her to get some shopping done at the Old Capitol Mall.

"Oh yeah, all the time. I would come down every Sunday," Miller told us.

In a memo to city councilor members, Director of Iowa City Transportation Services Chris O'Brien said a Sunday bus schedule would match those used on Saturdays. But he also made it clear that there would be an added cost to the city. He estimates up to $400,000 a year to hire additional drivers, maintenance staff, and mechanics.

O'Brien said it would, however, allow Iowa City Transit to increase its ridership. Some churchgoers, like Carol Vance, said they'd be part of that increase.

"I think it's great, because I would like to be able to go to church on Sundays, so that would be great for me," Vance said.

Iowa City residents seem to have learned to adapt to the absence of Sunday bus service, and some people we spoke with say they usually stay home that day of the week. But it seems there are plenty of others on board with having that option.

Brady Smith - Online Reporter

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