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Public transportation cuts back on buses and routes

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

Flint's Mass Transportation Authority is cutting back on buses and routes.

On Mondays through Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. there will be one bus per route instead of two, MTA Director Ed Benning said.

The evening service on those days will stop on regular routes after 6:30 p.m. It currently runs until 9:30 p.m. The Your Ride system will continue for students and workers who need transportation later.

Benning said next week they will start accepting applications from people who need to sign up for Your Ride.

MTA will restore daytime service on Sept. 1 and hope to restore the evening service before that date.

The Sunday bus service won't change from June 23 to Sept. 1.

MTA is also cutting costs through the reduction of seven staff positions.

Flint's MTA lost 250,000 fares due to the brutal winter. They also had an increase in towing expenses and overtime.

The MTA system has lost almost $4 million per year in annual property tax revenue since 2008.

There is a millage renewal on the August ballot.

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