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Bus, Train Riders React To Possible Fare Hikes

By Susie Jones, NewsRadio 830 WCCO

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — State Republican leaders want to cut transit funding by $109 million, a move that some said could be devastating to riders.

Lawmakers are running out of time to solve the state’s $5 billion budget deficit, and want to cut transit funding to help in that effort.

The cuts would be made over the next two years, and would cut funding for planning high speed passenger rail.

GOP leaders said the Met Council, which operates bus and train service, should focus on operating the current system and not expanding it.

Met Council Chair Susan Haigh called the cuts devastating, and said they could result in a 25 cent fare increase and substantial service cuts.

Bus riders, like Teresa Holl, said it’s not fair.

“It’s really unfortunate with them taking it out on those who ride the bus, because there are probably others that can afford to sacrifice,” She said.

The bill also suggests the Met Council use the money they pay for public relations and lobbying.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Susie Jones Reports

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