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No more bus service in Brownwood, many wonder why

By Shenna Stout, sstout@ktxs.com
Published On: Dec 05 2012 08:20:11 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 06 2012 08:15:45 AM CST
BROWNWOOD, Texas -

The Kerrville Bus Company has recently stopped traveling to Brownwood and Stephenville, and no one really seems to know why.

People in Brownwood and areas nearby who rely  on the public transportation system now have to find another way to travel.

The company stopped in Brownwood daily for at least 25 years, but on October 29 the buses stopped coming.

Wendy Sarlo started riding on the Kerrville Bus Line from Fort Worth to Brownwood as a little girl.

"Some people don't have transportation. A lot of people are walking, I'm looking outside, I see four or five people walking right there. You know, they may need to go to Fort Worth, but without the bus coming though here, how are they going to get there?" said Sarlo.

The bus traveled from Fort Worth and would stop in Stephenville, Comanche, Brownwood, San Angelo, and Abilene.

The Salvation Army is an organization that relied heavily on the public transportation system.

"We transport homeless people, we don't have a shelter, so we transport homeless people either to Abilene, Fort Worth, or San Angelo to a shelter," said Donna Harris, Director of the Brownwood Salvation Army.

Other major employers are also impacted.

"Students at Howard Payne University who need to get to the metroplex and don't have a car, the heavier users are the criminal justice divisions. The Ron Jackson unit releases female inmates and they put them on a bus to their hometown upon release, and the Havins unit, which is a male prison, does the same thing," said Laure Terhune, C.E.O. of the Brownwood Chamber of Commerce.

We contacted the Kerrville Bus Company and no one could tell us why their buses no longer travel through Brownwood.