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Peoria transit system celebrates 45 years, fears budget cuts

May 5, 2015

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — The Greater Peoria Mass Transit District hopes state budget cuts don’t ruin its 45th birthday.

The (Peoria) Journal Star reports (http://bit.ly/1zIbIEN ) the organization now known as CityLink was formed in 1970 after a private bus company ended service amid financial problems.

Ridership has grown more than 400 percent during that time and its budget has increased nearly 27 fold.

But General Manager Al Stanek says Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposed state budget cuts could force CityLink to reduce spending by $3 million. The organization’s leaders would have to decide from among raising fares, laying off employees and slashing service.

Stanek says past surveys have revealed that more than half of all riders use the buses to get to and from work.

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Online: Citylink: http://www.ridecitylink.org/

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