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Concerns Over Bus Route Changes Continue

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It's been two weeks since the EMTA made changes to the State Street bus route.

On Monday, a frustrated crowd turned out for the EMTA monthly board meeting to voice their concerns

As we've been reporting, the buses no longer use State Street between 10th and 4th streets.  Passengers must now catch a ride on Peach and French streets.  Two weeks later, and the concerns remain the same.

"It's been a disaster," said EMTA rider Leonard Davenport.  "I've heard a lot of complaints from people, and my concern is there are a lot of elderly apartment buildings on State Street. Now you are forcing the elderly to walk a block or three blocks."

But according to EMTA Executive Director Dennis Solensky, this is the best way the company can service the downtown area.

"We are still utilizing the majority of State Street," said Solensky.  "We are serving all of the downtown, all of the businesses, and all of the locations in the downtown area.  We're just not utilizing that small piece of State Street, in what our elected officials think is the most congested area."

While many riders are concerned over the possible problems that the changes may cause for the disabled and elderly, according to Solensky, they still have options.

"Anybody that is struggling or having a hard time utilizing State Street...the lift service is always available, to still utilize State Street and take them anywhere they need to go." said Solensky.

As of now, were told that the changes will remain in place and no other changes are expected to be made to the bus routes.


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