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RTA Makes Cuts After Failed Levy

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The Allen County Regional Transit Authority Board of Trustees announced cuts due to the failed levy in this year's elections. The Allen County Regional Transit Authority Board of Trustees announced cuts due to the failed levy in this year's elections.
The RTA will have to layoff six to nine employees and reduce everyone's hours. The RTA will have to layoff six to nine employees and reduce everyone's hours.

Allen County residents may find it more difficult to get around through public transportation, since the November 7th elections. Cutbacks have already begun and more are to follow.

The Allen County Regional Transit Authority Board of Trustees announced cuts due to the failed levy in this year's elections. Immediately, there will be no more free transportation for community events or non-profits and no monthly discounts. December 2nd ends Saturday bus service and closes the lobby of Greyhound and Barron stations on weekends. As of January 1st, services will only run until 5:45 pm and routes seven, eight and nine will be shutdown. The RTA will have to layoff six to nine employees and reduce everyone's hours.

"We have exhausted so many different avenues and we've already researched this," Executive Director, Shelia Haney said. "We've been looking into this and working on this for the past two years, as it is. We didn't really see any other options and that's the reason we went for the levy. Effective January 1st is when some really major cuts are coming."

Local business representatives were in attendance for the RTA board meeting and expressed an interest in financially helping the RTA, to keep the routes that are scheduled to be cut.

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