(12/12/13) Bus riders in Eau Claire have lost a direct connection to Duluth-Superior. Jefferson Lines said yesterday that it ended the route it ran for two years between Duluth and Eau Claire, due to low ridership.
People can still ride an indirect route from Duluth to the Twin Cities, and then stopping at Eau Claire on another route that continues to Green Bay. But last Friday's shutdown of the direct route ended bus service in smaller towns like Bloomer, Chetek, Rice Lake, Spooner, Minong, and Solon Springs. Kevin Pursey of Jefferson Lines said the firm did not like discontinuing the service -- but the line did not attract enough riders to make it viable.