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Trailblazer has profitable year 2015

Trailblazer Transit had a financially sound fiscal year 2015, the joint powers board heard Thursday morning.
Executive Director Gary Ludwig reviewed the 2015 fourth-quarter report, noting that for the first time in its history, “we have excess operating revenue.”
Ludwig did note that part of the reason for the success was that Trailblazer did not run the full schedule it had expected as it launched service within Wright County.
Trailblazer had a total budget of $4.17 million for 2015, and only expended 79.9 percent of that, or $3.33 million.
That means that the local-share partners — McLeod and Sibley counties and the Wright County Area Transportation (WCAT) coalition — actually put in more money than was needed, with $116,192 left over after expenses were paid. That surplus will be put into a reserve fund.

For more, see the April 27 print edition of The Chronicle.