Mineral County residents who used Silverado Mainline motor coach services from Hawthorne will now have to find alternative transportation now that the rural Nevada bus service has suspended service.
In a press release from Silverado Mainline it states, “Silverado Stages is deeply saddened to announce the immediate suspension of the Silverado Mainline daily motor coach service connecting: Reno, Sparks, Carson City, Fallon, Hawthorne, Tonopah, Beatty, Pahrump and Las Vegas.”
Roschelle Ayonayon, a spokesperson for the company stated that Silverado Mainline service was federally funded for rural community transportation needs and the state took the cuts.
“This year, the cut was passed down to all the bus companies,” she explained in a phone interview. In order to keep the routes running, Silverado Mainline tried to get more ridership or find further funding.
“Unfortunately we were unable to do that,” she explained.
The Silverado Mainline is a federally funded program for the rural communities where no public transportation exists, the release states. FTA cut back funding for the fiscal year 2018 which runs from October 2017 through September 2018 and Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) did not have funds available to make up the difference needed to keep the transportation line running.
“We believe the rural communities are in greatest need of all Nevada for public transportation. If this cancellation has made a negative impact on your family, friends and neighbors, please join us in sharing with NDOT how it will affect your transportation needs by writing: Attn: Rudy Malfabon, NDOT Director, Nevada Department of Transportation, 1263 South Stewart Street, Carson City, NV 89712. Emails can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy sent to email@example.com to make sure that your needs and concerns are being addressed.
Grants for the 2019 are been applied for and are under evaluation now and Silverado Mainline hopes to resume service in October.
Ayonayon explains, “I don’t know why we wouldn’t receive it.” She further explains that at the present time she believes Silverado Mainline is the only one to apply for the grant.
The bus line had been averaging 500 rural riders each day with two buses running. One south from Reno with a sister bus running north from Las Vegas. Their ridership in town runs around 1,000 per day.
“Spread the word that we anticipate the service to continue in October. We apologize to the counties that received short notice and we had to pull services. Our apologies to those who used our services for medical appointments and were given the short notice,” Ayonayon concludes.
It is the hopes of Silverado Mainline that the state of Nevada finds funding within their organization to help small communities, such as Hawthorne with these much needed resources.
Questions regarding Silverado Mainline can be directed to Ayonayon at 800-892-7979.