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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-11 03:31 PM
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MN: Transit Woes Loom
from the Star-Tribune:




For Vaughn Larry, the bus is his vehicle to work on Saturdays at a St. Paul restaurant where he cuts meat.

"If you take away my service on weekends, I lose a portion of my revenue," he told transit operators who are considering slashing service and raising fares to deal with potential state budget cutbacks.

Larry, 54, of St. Paul, was among nearly 100 people who jammed a hearing room Wednesday night to warn about the impact of the cuts and hikes on transit riders.

A fare increase of up to 50 cents and a possible 25 percent reduction in bus service are under consideration by the Metropolitan Council, which oversees Twin Cities transit. Weekend service could end in some areas. .............(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.startribune.com/local/minneapolis/125118109....



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