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MTD postpones cuts to bus route

By Ryan Carmel, NewsChannel 3 This Morning Anchor & Weathercaster, rcarmel@keyt.com
Published On: May 01 2013 03:03:04 PM CDT
Updated On: May 03 2013 10:54:55 AM CDT

MTD Board meeting to decide the fate of various Bus routes, community and businesses reaction.

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -

MTD officials have decided to postpone the possible elimination of bus route 22 in Santa Barbara.

It's the route that goes from downtown to El Encanto Hotel and up to the Santa Barbara Mission.  It is the least popular route in the city.

MTD board members were considering changes to the route, including getting rid of it to save money.

The board got an earful from riders.

"These buses serve our children, our community and we need to be there for them," said Lissie Bellido from Santa Barbara.

But, the board voted to wait six months to look at other options and see if the new El Encanto Hotel will bring more riders.

The board also voted to add more buses to routes that serve University of California, Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara City College.

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