Third shift at Generac's Whitewater facility in limbo
WHITEWATER—The Janesville-Milton-Whitewater bus service, called Innovation Express, will halt its Sunday service because Generac is "temporarily" pulling its third shift in Whitewater, said Rebecca Smith, Janesville Transit System director.
"My understanding is it's temporary," Smith said Thursday.
Generac could not be reached for comment.
"Effective Sunday, May 10, we will no longer be providing the Sunday evening trip. However, if the third shift will come back into production at Generac, we would by all means start that Sunday evening trip once again," Smith said.
Waukesha-based Generac makes generators. It manufactures portable and home generators at its Whitewater facility.
Smith found out Wednesday about Generac's decision. She couldn't expand on the third shift's "temporary" status, the specifics of how many people are affected, why or when the shift's last day is.
The bus service offers one trip to Whitewater on Sundays, starting at 8:45 p.m. in Janesville. The bus makes five stops before the 9:50 p.m. stop at Generac. It then makes another five stops before the route ends at 11 p.m. in Janesville.
Smith said no other routes will be affected or dropped. Innovation Express stakeholders "have good footing for 2015," she said.
Innovation Express is funded by Janesville, Milton and Generac. The city of Whitewater and UW-Whitewater pulled funding for 2015 after weighing ridership and cost.