In a notice of termination given on Dec. 31, Three Rivers Community Action Inc. has announced it will no longer provide transit for Winona, despite only completing one year of a five-year contract.
Three Rivers said it could not continue to operate Winona’s transit system unless the city agreed to a significant increase in payment.
During a meeting with the Winona City Council, Mayor Mark Peterson said Three Rivers’ last day of supplying transit for Winona will be April 30.
“The city expects that Three Rivers will fully comply with its contractual obligations and duties and continue to provide all of the contract services as required by the contract, up to and through the last day of service operations on April 30,” Peterson said, reading from a statement.
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Peterson said the city is already working with the Minnesota Department of Transportation to ensure that a new vendor is in place come April 30.
“The city expects that Three Rivers will work with the city and the new transit contractor selected by the city in order to provide a seamless and practical transition for city bus riders,” Peterson said. “Our goal is to not have any interruption in service to the public.”