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MTA proposing reduced bus service this summer

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GENESEE COUNTY (WJRT) - (04/24/14) - Genesee County's Mass Transit Authority is proposing reducing bus service this summer.

The MTA is looking at a big deficit.

The number of riders was down last winter. Plus, they are spending $1 million more on fuel bills.

The MTA gets much of its budget from three millage issues, but those millage issues are generating $4 million less than they were just a few years ago.

The MTA wants to stop bus service after 6:30 p.m.

Mid-day service was be reduced to just a bus an hour on each route. Weekend service would continue.

Your Ride service could pick up those who need a ride from work or a medical appointment in the evening.

The proposed reductions would start June 23 and end Labor Day.

"These people depend on the service. I have to believe that the service in integral to the community," said Chris Jones\MTA bus drivers union president.

"We have to live within our budget and our budget's very tight. We know the importance of public transit, but at the same time we cannot run a deficit budget," said Ed Benning, MTA general manager.

The MTA wants to hear what you think about these proposed service reductions.

Two public hearings will be held, Tuesday, May 27 at noon and 6 p.m. at the MTA headquarters on Dort Highway in Flint.

The MTA says it will not consider any fare increases.

Coming up this afternoon, we'll talk with passengers to get their opinions about the reductions.
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