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RTA overloaded with complaints over proposed hikes and cuts

by WKSU's KEVIN NIEDERMIER


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Proposed route cuts and fare increases have generated more outrage from Cleveland-area bus riders than local public transportation officials bargained for. RTA faces a $20-million deficit because of rising fuel costs and decreased state funding. The transit agency says cutting service and raising ticket prices are its only real options. So far this week, an estimated 1500 people attended public hearings on the matter. Hundreds packed the downtown Cleveland Library for a sometimes rowdy hearing last night. Because of the crowd's size, RTA had to schedule another hearing for today.
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