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Public officials drive discussion on transit

Jul 26, 2010 1:47:00 PM - thestate.com

The Central Midlands’ transit system is rolling out improvements even as city and county officials try to convince residents to pay more for transportation.

This morning, Richland Councilwoman Joyce Dickerson and Columbia Councilwoman Belinda Gergel climbed off a “new and improving” bus to underscore improvements and needs of the system, which does not have a permanent source of funding.

The two talked about changes in bus service that went into effect last week, like adding Sunday service to Harbison and reducing the length of time passengers have to wait between buses. The news conference was held at the Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority’s headquarters on Lucius Road in Columbia.

A question on the Nov. 2 ballot asks residents of both the city and county to approve a penny-sales tax for transportation. Money would go not only to bus service but to roads, sidewalks and trails.

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