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RT Board to Declare "Fiscal Emergency," Approve Big Cuts



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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, March 22, 2010
By: Megan Hansen and Ben Adler

Jerry Graf is waiting for the number 34 bus at the 65th Street Light Rail Station. He takes it to work and school, and says if it disappears, he’ll be forced to alter his schedule and walk long distances.
 
Graf : “It’s really going to affect my timing if they cut it off completely because of my school schedule and my work schedule. So, I get up two hours early now, so I have to get up probably maybe three or four hours earlier than my schedule allows me to.”

Also nearby is Dexter Register, a freshman at Sacramento State.  He rides the bus and light rail to go to the bank, the DMV and medical appointments. And since he has a hip problem, walking instead of taking the bus isn’t much of an option.
 
Register: “It’s like three or four blocks down from University and 65th, and no other bus goes down that way. So it’s like, you know, like ok I’ve got a hip problem, do I really have to walk that far?”
 
RT officials say the district has no choice but to make the cuts because it faces a "fiscal emergency," and they based the cuts on public testimony at a hearing earlier this month.  If approved, the service reductions will take effect in mid-June, along with 300 layoffs.
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