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ATA schedules hearings on proposed cuts to bus service

The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority has scheduled four hearings to let the public voice its opinion about proposed cuts in bus service.

The first hearing will be at 5:30 p.m. April 1 at the Mohart Community Center, 3200 Wayne Avenue. The second will be at 11:30 a.m. on April 3 at the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority’s offices at 1200 E. 18th Street. The third will be at 5:30 p.m. April 6 at Gashland Presbyterian Church, 8029 N. Oak Trafficway. The last hearing will be at 5:30 p.m. April 9 at the Greater Works Family Worship Center, 5908 Bannister Road.

The ATA is making cuts to 24 of its 66 routes to cope with about a $7 million reduction in city funding. Some service at mid-day, weeknights and Saturdays is being discontinued. Transit planners said they focused on keeping core bus service in favor of routes used less frequenty.

You also can participate in an online forum at www.kcata.org/routechanges.

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