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Pending litigation delays restoration of some CMRTA routes

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Legal challenges to November's Election Day brouhaha is having a trickle down effect on restoring cuts to the Central Midlands Regional Transportation Authority's services, according to the authority's director.

CMRTA Director Bob Schneider says the authority was ready to begin restoring late evening and midday services as of Monday, but pending litigation has put that plan on hold.

A penny sales tax referendum passed in November 2012. That referendum gives additional funding to the authority and an opportunity to restore routes that have been slashed in an effort to save money and shore up the authority's finances.

Other changes to the bus system are coming, but revenue from that referendum won't be collected by the state until May first.

On top of that, those dollars won't find their way to the transit authority until around August.

However, the transit authority set aside some grant funding it could use in the interim to begin restoring some of the routes that had been cut.

When the money begins to come in CMRTA riders could see new buses, new bus stops, new shelters, and improvements to existing shelters throughout the city.

Schneider says the service cuts have had a heavy impact on some customers. Some of them have had to resort to taking cabs, which are far more expensive than buses.

For people who don't make that much money to begin with, restoring service is a critical financial problem.

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