SW Ohio public transit systems sees challenges

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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- Four public transit systems serving parts of southwest Ohio are grappling with how to best meet the needs of their patrons.

The Dayton Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/13p9dqE ) that the four systems in the Dayton area are experiencing growth challenges because of uncertain funding, a need to extend service or increased ridership.

The systems include the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority, Greene CATS Public Transit, Miami County Public Transit and Warren County Public Transit. They provide more than 11.8 million one-way rides annually. The combined cost for the bus rides is $67.1 million.

A study recently prepared for Dayton's transit authority included recommendations that called for expanding the routes on major corridors throughout Montgomery County, among other changes. Implementing the recommendations would cost an estimated $64 million over 20 years.

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Information from: Dayton Daily News, http://www.daytondailynews.com