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Yakima Transit Could See More Changes in the Near Future

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YAKIMA, Wash.--Yakima's City Council will consider making some more changes to the Yakima Transit System.

City Manager Tony O'Rourke said Route 8, which travels from downtown all the way to 96th in West Valley has the lowest ridership and could be cut. Eliminating this route would save the city $350,000.

O'Rourke said this is an effort to become more sustainable and efficient with taxpayer money.

"Only 12 percent of the revenue from the transit system actually comes from the fare box," said O'Rourke. "The rest comes from sales tax, which everyone's paying or federal state grants and federal state grants are diminishing."

The city manager said Route 1 is very similar, and riders will still get service to many of the same areas. In fact, Yakima Transit will be extending that route to 72nd Avenue near the West Valley Walmart.

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