The shuttle cost the city an estimated $1,000 per week. In less than three weeks of operation it only transported about 35 riders, and no more than seven at a time.
Meanwhile, attendance has surged at two of the pools that are still open. Metro Parks spokesperson Jason Cissell says some of those patrons probably came from closed pools on their own.
Cissell also says the city will try to strike a deal with the shuttle’s few regular riders.
“Given that there were not a lot of people using the shuttle, the number of people who would be upset by the cancellation would be fairly small,” he says. “And we are going to work with those folks who are using the shuttle to offer them other alternatives.”
One alternative is a discount for a summer camp. The shuttle service was created after Metro Government decided not to re-open several pools because of a tight budget and light use.