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EMTA Eliminating Bus Stops on State Street

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On any given day, it doesn't take long to spot an Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority bus on State Street.

But in a couple of weeks, it will be a rare sight.

Starting June 8, passengers will have to catch the bus on either Peach or French Streets.  All northbound buses will use Peach Street between 10th Street and North Park Row.  All southbound buses will use French Street between 4th and 10th streets.

A move, that's not sitting well with many regular passengers.

"The keep changing the schedules and the rules and the regulations, and it doesn't make it any easier for us," said bus passenger Maria Rodriquez.  "It definitely doesn't."

Rodriquez is one of the many passengers that will now have to walk an extra block to board the bus.

"It would be an inconvenience," said Rodriquez.  "We are so used to stopping on State Street for it's convenience."

At the corner of 7th and State Street, reactions are mixed.

"It's really not a big deal for me because I really don't like going down State Street," said bus passenger Lynsay Hunter.  "There's a lot of drama down on State, so being on different sides of the street, it will probably be a lot easier."

Isadora Delgado disagrees.

"It's a very bad idea," said Delgado.  "Some people are in wheelchairs.  Some people can't really navigate the sidewalks in between here and Peach Street."

According to EMTA, the change will help eliminate traffic congestion on State Street.  But passengers like Rodriquez find that hard to believe.

"I think it's going to be more congested if you're looking at it," said Rodriquez.  "This (State Street) is a two way, on only a one way (on Peach & French) so can you just imagine?"

Meanwhile, trolley service will remain the same.  EMTA plans on posting signs to inform passengers where to go.  As of right now, it is unclear what will be done with the bus shelters on State Street.

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