Residents speak out against proposed busing changes - WNEM TV 5

Residents speak out against proposed busing changes

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A city’s public bus system has proposed route changes to make up for a $1.5 million deficit.

On Monday morning, residents spoke out, hoping officials will take their concerns into account before voting on those proposed changes.

STARS general manager Sylvester Payne said he wants to cut costs by combining the current routes.

“When you have less routes, there’s less buses out on the routes,” Payne said. “There are less miles being driven. We are eliminating one of the runs, there would be a savings in there too.”

Payne said many of the routes effected are those that many people no longer use due to shrinking population.

“There are some routes that we are doing now that we don’t need to be doing all by themselves,” Payne said.

The changes are set to take effect Nov. 1.

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