Riders Concerned About Johnson County Transit Cuts

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JOHNSON COUNTY, Kan. -- Those who depend on bus transportation in Johnson County will soon see some route changes and cancellations. A meeting was held on Wednesday night and proposed changes were discussed.

"I get up at 4:45 in the morning I catch the bus in between 5 a.m. and 5:25, I get to work around 8:30," said commuter Christina Brent.

That's a 16 to 17 hour day if the buses are running on time. Brent is willing to make that sacrifice but she is concerned about the possible changes and eliminations with the bus service.

"I do understand with the budget cuts but it is an inconvenience not just for one or two people, there's quite a few people who still take the bus and rely on it," Brent said.

Similar concerns were voiced at the second of two public hearings hosted by Johnson County Transit. Despite having to share bad news with the community, they understand the concern and frustration.

"We're trying to make as few cuts as possible but those we are making are with an eye toward the future to make less in 2014 based on what we can save in 2013," said Chuck Ferguson with Johnson County Transit.

They are significant cuts that add up to $4 million combined for 2013 and 2014. It's a tough position but the cuts will be made. It's uncertain for now what routes will be affected. Transit officials are looking for public input.

There is one more meeting that will be held on July 23. You can learn more about the routes and leave your comments here.

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