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Apr 7, 2009 5:49 AM by Nicole Vandeputte

Bus routes take major cuts

There are some major changes to the transit system in Colorado Springs, and anyone needing a ride on Monday felt the hit. It's a casualty of budget cuts.

The city's cut about 50,000 hours from the bus schedule. City leaders say they've had to redesign the entire transit system. So, it's going to be pretty hard for people who depend on the bus to get around.

Carrie Willoughby is one of them. She's legally blind, but that hasn't stopped her. She's a Paralympic swimmer. Her swimming has taken her around the world. It's getting across Colorado Springs to practice that's now a problem.

Starting on Monday, Carrie's had to find a new way to get around. City leaders made drastic cuts to public transportation. That means buses run fewer routes in less hours. Some routes were cut completely.

To get to practice, Carrie hops on the Metro Mobility bus, but now that will only take her so far. To get to the pool at Cheyenne Mountain High School, she has to take a cab the rest of the way.

What was a $6 round trip on the bus will now cost Carrie about $20. She says she can't afford that every day. She says, "It leaves those that have no other option either bound to their homes, having to give up jobs, or pay an insurmountable cost on a daily pass just to get to and from."

If you ride the bus, you'll need to see the new routes and hours. To see that just click here:

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