8 — SUNDAY, MAY 9, 1993 -THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL- FOREVER RUNNING Holy Shupo-BmhfllK Daily Journal Hundreds of students spent much of Friday night and all day Saturday running and walking In the Ukiah High School 24-Hour Relay. Funds raised during the relay go to benefit school athletic events. Camped out around the High School track and football field, students also took advantage of the warm Saturday to soak up some rays, play volleyball or drench their friends In watergun fights. Information was not available as of Saturday night on the number of participants or the amount of money raised. MTA door-to-door service evaluated in six months After more than four hours of debate and discussion about how to replace door to door service in Willits, the MTA Board set a six month time line for that service to show specific improvements. At the same time, the Board directed its staff to solicit more public input on regularly scheduled local bus service that would teplace dial-a-ride if it is not able to achieve the standards. By the end of October 1993, Willits Dial-a-Ride ridership will have to exceed 70 passengers, and earn at least $100 in revenue each weekday. In March, the service carried an average of only SO passengers and collected $68 a day. "We have averaged 70 passengers a day in the past", explained • MTA General Manager, Bruce Richard, "but ridership has been slipping because of the recession, and higher fares. This is a stiff challenge to our drivers, dispatchers and our customers." Richard noted several changes that will help to achieve the goals. "Beginning May 24, we'll open an hour earlier at 7 a.m., on all weekdays, running until 6 pin. That should add five to 10 passengers a day. We'll also consolidate dispatching to save some cost. Since ridership and revenue are especially low on weekends, there will be no Sunday service starting May 23 and we'll run from 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturdays. We have to concentrate our service during the time when demand is highest." he said. Willits City Manager and representative on the MTA Board, Gordon Logan, made the motion to continue the service with the challenge to meet the performance goals. "The agency that provides most of our funding, the Mendocino Council of Governments, expects us to meet certain standards," he •aid. The standards are for all three dial-a-rides — Ukiah, Fort Bragg and Willits — combined, and Ukiah's performance is highest It pulls the average up. "We have not been meeting those standards despite strong efforts like cutting the least productive hours and raising fares," Logan said. "Now, we have set specific goals, and a specific time frame. We are saying that Willits will perform as well as Ukiah. If it doesn't, then by ICOG's standards, it's over. We'll move to a fixed route service. The message to our customers is: use it or lose it." In the meantime, MTA will design a possible replacements. Staff had designed and described four options for bus service in town. The Board selected one — the Main Street Route — as the basis of the replacement, subject to adjustments based on community input. The Main Street Route would run weekdays only from the Museum, west on East Commercial to Main and South to Evergreen Shopping Center. The bus would return on the same route in reverse. Two or three times a day, the bus route would be extended to serve other parts of town, including Blosser Lane and The Senior Housing/Senior Center on Baechtel Road. The bus would run every 30 minutes on the Main Street Route, or less often when extended. There would be about 16 bus stops along the route, eight northbound and eight southbound. "Obviously, this route does not serve Brooktrails, Pine Mountain or the eastern part of Little Lake Valley," Richard said. "However, the fact that it runs every 30 minutes makes it very convenient for the 4,000 or so residents who live within a quarter mile of the route, and also those who are in town and simply need to travel to the other end of the city." Police arrest ex-postal worker wanted In murderous rampage HUNTINGTON BEACH (AP) —A fired postal worker sought in a string of attacks that left two dead was arrested Saturday after a bar customer spotted him wearing a bright Hawaiian-style shirt and having a drink as be watched television. Mark Richard Hilbun gave up without a struggle to four officers at the Centerfield sports bar in this seaside community, ending a two- day bunt for the man accused of killing his mother and a friend, and wounding five others. "He was very calm. He was cool as a cucumber. He didn't act agitated or anything," said Centerfield general manager Frank McNaughton, who was tending bar. "They didn't ev«n approach this guy with their guns drawn." Later, as. Hilbun was escorted to a patrol car, he seemed to smile at photographers before he was driven away to Orange County sheriffs headquarters for booking on two counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder. The peaceful end to the search contrasted with the crimes linked to Hilbun, a former military policeman with a history of mental problems who allegedly stalked a female postal worker. Police say Hilbun, who turned 39 on Mother's Day, fatally stabbed his mother and her dog before he opened fire Thursday at the Dana Point post office where be once worked, killing a letter carrier and wounding a clerk. He shot and wounded four other people he encountered while on the lam, police said. 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