A $10,000 anonymous grant from a charitable fund within the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region will close the funding gap for The Connector service in 2011 and allow the service to continue uninterrupted through the end of the year.
Due to increases in ridership and fuel costs, funding for The Connector service was set to run out on Dec. 10 and the service was scheduled to be discontinued for the remainder of 2011. "We are thrilled to receive the funding that will allow the Connector to continue and we know our customers are, too", stated Valley Transit General Manager, Deborah Wetter. "We are grateful to the Community Foundation, the anonymous donor and United Way Fox Cities for their support of this valuable service."
"The Community Foundation is pleased to be able provide support for a service that is highly beneficial and would be missed greatly if it were discontinued even for a few weeks," Community Foundation President/CEO Curt Detjen said.
Through a partnership with United Way Fox Cities and Valley Transit, The Connector is designed to provide safe, convenient and affordable access to public transportation for Fox Cities residents who work second or third shift schedules or who need to travel throughout the community beyond regular Valley Transit bus routes.