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Richmond City Council delays CARE Van cuts


There has been delay on the decision about cuts to services for bus riders with disabilities in Richmond.

Riders in wheel chairs again spoke out on proposed fare hikes and service cuts Monday night, but they'll have to wait a few more weeks before a final say.

City transportation officials pitched cutting GRTC CARE bus routes that aren't federally required. The Council nixed that idea Monday night. However, raising the price of those extra trips, mostly to Henrico, is still on the table.

Riders would pay $6 one way, instead of $2.50. The cost of regular GRTC Care routes would also go up 50 cents.

"We spend anywhere from $75 to $315 a month just to be able to do what we need to do to maintain our daily living and contribute to society," said bus rider Brian Montgomery.

City transportation officials say they're dealing with a half million dollar budget gap and the GRTC Care service hasn't been touched in years.

GRTC also says that disabled passengers would now be allowed to ride regular city buses for free.

The City Council plans to vote on the final changes October 14th.

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