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FRIDAY, November 13, 2009

MTS might cut Sunday service to help budget woes

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. (CNS) - The Metropolitan Transit System announced today a proposal to substantially reduce service on Sundays to overcome a $7 million budget shortfall.

MTS officials blamed the gap on a decline in sales tax revenue and the elimination of state transit assistance funding.

"Service cuts are never what we want to do, but we also cannot carry a deficit in our budget as a responsible public agency in San Diego," said Paul Jablonski, MTS's chief executive officer.

"These system changes are designed to affect as few people as possible and still allow San Diegans to get to work on time," he said.

MTS officials said altering service on Sundays will affect the least amount of riders and routes. About 145,000 people use MTS on Sundays, compared to about 274,000 on weekdays.

A series of public meetings will be held at transit stations around San Diego through Nov. 21 before the MTS board determines which transit routes will be cut at a Dec. 10 hearing.

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