Plans to cut ClasTran transit service for Jefferson County Senior Centers has been halted for now.
A Jefferson County judge cut down the plans after a temporary restraining order was filed against the company by Jefferson County attornies, according to court records.
ClasTran was going to cut Friday services through the end of September.
The Morris ClasTran route has had problems before: It was shut down for about four months in 2009 and has been plagued with budget issues in the last several months.
The transit service buses seven members to the Morris Senior Center. ClasTran is a non-profit paratransit service that offers transportation for elderly and handicapped people to senior centers and nutrition sites; Blankenship says the center needs those seven members in order to qualify for county funding.
In December, the Morris Town Council voted to pay a $150-a-month fee to ClasTran in the hopes that it would be enough to sustain the bus route. The organization had originally asked for $400 a month, and officials told council members that $150 might not guarantee continued service. Blankenship said ClasTran representatives will be at the next council meeting on Tuesday.
The restraining order states the Jefferson County Commission entered into an agreement with ClasTran that the company would provide transportation services fo elderly and disabled persons at a cost of $300,000 for 150,000 trips during the county’s fiscal year, which began on Oct. 1 of last year and ends on Sept. 30. The case will be discussed in a public hearing on Aug. 29.
ClasTran officials have not returned calls.