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Regional Transit Authority looks at reducing routes

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The sales tax increase went down by 4,000 votes, now officials at RTA will have to look at reducing the number of routes they currently run. The sales tax increase went down by 4,000 votes, now officials at RTA will have to look at reducing the number of routes they currently run.
During public hearings before the election, the RTA said that the route cuts would come in phases, which could include eliminating Saturday service and evening routes. During public hearings before the election, the RTA said that the route cuts would come in phases, which could include eliminating Saturday service and evening routes.

Allen County voters came out against raising the sales tax by a quarter percent to fund the Regional Transit Authority, now they are going to be looking at reducing the number of routes.

The sales tax increase went down by 4,000 votes, now officials at RTA will have to look at reducing the number of routes they currently run. The Transit Authority put the sales tax increase on the ballot, because of the loss of funding in 2016 due to the loss of grants. During public hearings before the election, the RTA said that the route cuts would come in phases, which could include eliminating Saturday service and evening routes. Plus there could be some driver layoffs because of route reductions. Executive Director Sheila Haney says that cutting routes and in turn ridership, will impact future funding even more for the agency.

"Our largest grant that we receive right now from federal is formulated off of mileage and ridership and if we're cutting ridership, what is that going to do? That's going to cut our mileage, that's going to cut our ridership, and then our grant is going to be cut again. And when our grant is cut again, then we're going to have to go back to the table and cut more service," commented Sheila Haney, RTA Director.

Haney says that ridership continues to grow between 6 to 9% each year, and if they keep losing grant money, they don't know if they will be able to keep up with the growth of the number of riders.

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