AppalCART has released its FY 2018-19 budget.

The proposed budget of $6,537,118 dollars is 42% less they the adopted 2018 budget, and includes the delivery of four replacement vehicles and an additional Red Route that will reduce headway times from 30 minutes to 15 minutes, and a Medical District Shuttle Route to serve the area around the Watauga Medical Center and the Beaver College of Health Sciences.

Increased expenses include an hourly employee wage increase of fifty cents an hour and increased health insurance costs. Maintenance costs for the newer vehicles limit anticipated increases in expenses.

The budget also includes $65,556 dollars to fund completion of the AppalCART Comprehensive Service Review.

There will be a public hearing the proposed budget during a regular meeting of the AppalCART Authority on June 4th.

More information is available on the website,