Nearly one year after Sandy Valley Transportation ended the Pikeville bus service, low income residents are protesting to bring it back.
Sandy Valley board members ended the bus service last year saying they couldn't afford it anymore. Now they've reached an agreement to lease out part of their Pikeville office for $44,000 dollars a year. Protestors want them to use the money to re-start the bus service, but board members say they still can't afford it.
"That was why the service ended. It was not possible for us to continue to provide it at the cost," said Board Chairman Steve Sanders.
"Really put a damper on how we go about simple tasks like going to the doctor or grocery store," said Pikeville resident John Dusty.
The two sides have agreed to meet to see if they can work out a solution. A time and place for that meeting have not yet been decided.