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MTA in Genesee County asks for renewal on election day

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(07/30/12) - A week from Tuesday is election day across the state.

In Genesee County, voters will be asked to support a renewal mileage for the Mass Transportation Authority.

MTA says without it, passenger services are at risk.

This is the fourteenth renewal MTA has asked for from Genesee County voters. They have said "yes" all 14 times.

The mileage will generate $3.5 million.

Eight years ago, James Moore Junior, of Flint, started having to rely on someone else. "I could no longer drive on my own as I use to, that's how I started using the service."

The service is Mass Transportation Authority's 'Your Ride.' A van picks James up at his home and drives him where ever he needs to go. On Monday, he was at DaVita Dialysis clinic in Davison. "One thing I love is being independent. I don't like to rely on a lot of people, to rely on a lot of things for me, they help me get to the places I have to go. They go all around Genesee County, that's a plus."

"We take them Monday, Wednesday and Friday or Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, year around, even holidays because it's a lifeline," said MTA General Manager Ed Benning.

More than 2,000 people use MTA's Your Ride daily. Hundreds of people on dialysis count on 'Your Ride' for medical transportation alone. That's why supporters believe the renewal mileage is so important.

"If we have took another three and half million away and put us down to 4 million, our board will have to make some tough decisions, and that would be devastating to the community," Benning explained.

If you own a $75,000 home, the renewal will cost on average $15 a year. MTA supporters said it's a service the county can't do without it, and for people like James, it's become a way to get the most out of this life.

"Somebody who may not need the service now may be need it down the road. I never imagined I would need it, but I do now," added Moore, Jr.

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