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Bonnie Burgardt, Transportation Director:

"Right now we are the only transportation providers in Garden City, Finney County. Our local taxi cab closed down about 2 weeks ago, so we're it. Our county is about the size of Rhode Island, so we have quite a big service area. Last year it was about 25-thousand rides that we provided and I'm suspecting that this year it's going to be more because of the taxi cab. We saw 237 person increase in just 2 weeks, so I'm expecting our numbers will jump."

John Young, rider:

"The service is fantastic. They're prompt. When they say they'll be there at a certain time, they're always there. The drivers are courteous and I think they know every bump on every street in town because they take it easy across them. It'd be awfully hard to do without."

Sandi Scaia, Garden City Dialysis Unit:

"We get a population of patients that have little or no resources to provide transportation and in this community the bus service is the only source of transportation here. So at any given time, I may have up to 20 patients who rely on this as their only way to get to treatments."

Bonnie Burgardt, Transportation Director:

"It really saves the state money in the long run because it's keeping these people independent and in their homes and out of the nursing home. When they go in the nursing home our costs skyrocket for us as taxpayers."

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