Board member: CMRTA soon facing route cuts

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RICHLAND COUNTY (WACH) -- Public transportation officials in the Midlands say if they don't get more money soon, they'll have to cut bus routes.

The Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority is experiencing a shortfall of around $3 million.

The board has agreed to submit the latest budget cut suggestions to Columbia and Richland County councils.

Board member Bob Liming says decisions made now will impact the public bus system for some time.

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"Our community's transit system is on life support." he exclaims. We've got to make some drastic moves right now to maintain service to the very citizens of this community; the men and women who depend on it to get to the doctor, to get to work, to get to school, to get to their very livelihood. And unless we make some drastic changes, we could lose bus service in a large portion of this community."

The CMRTA board is also looking to fill the position of executive director. A special committee is reviewing more than 25 applicants.