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Ellensburg looking to extend public transportation

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ELLENSBURG, Wash. -- Ellensburg may soon expand its public transportation system. Currently the city runs the system with Central Washington University and many local organizations. It mostly caters to university students.

The city council wants to know if there is enough interest to support the expansion. Mayor Bruce Tabb thinks low income residents and people without cars would benefit most.

"It moves employees to their employment. It moves shoppers to retail. So you really begin to look at not only how do people get around the community but the economic development benefits," Tabb says.

About 500 Ellensburg residents took an online survey about the public transportation system. The city plans to analyze the results in time for next Tuesday's city council meeting.

A ballot question on whether residents want to expand public transportation has to be submitted by mid-August to make the November ballot.