BJCTA plans for possible 50 percent cut in service

BIRMINGHAM (WBRC) - A plan to cut 15 bus routes in the city of Birmingham in February if adequate funding isn't available was announced Friday at the Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority.

The plan will amount to a 50 percent cut in service in Birmingham, and take away 90 jobs. Officials say they looked at the routes with the smallest ridership and decided those would be the lines to cut.

For service to continue as is, the city would need $900,000 per month, and is asking for a dedicated source of funding.

The routes that would be completely cut include:

95 Westend; 72 Express; 96 Titusville; 92 Southside Lp; 91 East West Dart; 18 Fountain Heights; 12 Highland; 42 Hollywood &43 Zoo; 20 Zion City; 48 S. Powderly; 44 Montclair; 40 Fairmont; 23 North Birmingham; 5 Ensley; 90 North South Dart.

If the plan passes, a total of 639,952 riders would be affected annually.

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