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Changes To The Loop


Public transportation could be seeing changes in the QCA.

The Loop bus service - best known for the bright orange busses - could be cutting days of service. 

The reason? 

the answer is two-fold. 

The loop started in February of 2010 due to a $1.4 million federal grant. It was a three year grant that now - 2013 has come to a close.

Also, while ridership is still holding steady, Thursdays and Sundays aren't seeing the riders to sustain the service.

So - shutting down service on those two days are being considered for the weekend bus service.

But local bar workers aren't excited to see the change.

"It certainly won't help business," says Blue Cat Brew Pub Bartender Broc Nelson.

Broc uses the Loop to get to work on the weekends so apart from seeing the loss in possible patrons - he now has to find a new way to get to work.

"I was really excited to about the loop to see it unify our bus systems," he says.

 And since the Loop runs in both Iowa and Illinois - it has people on both sides of the river speaking out against change. 

"I don't think there is any bartender who would want it to end, says Dann Cornelis, Bartender at Great River Brewery. "We want to see something where it will grow."

Cornelis points out that there are people who don't drive in the Quad Cities and the Loop was a convenient way to get around and enjoy the QCA on the weekends. 

"Changes would hurt business," he says. "I would pay two bucks per ride rather than pay cab fair."

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