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LATS to survey public for possible reduction

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LAWTON, OK (KSWO) - Riders of Lawton Area Transit buses will now get the opportunity to voice their opinion about some proposed changes to one of the city's bus routes.

LATS is considering reducing the orange route, which makes the bulk of its stops on Fort Sill, to once an hour and ending service for all routes at 6 p.m. on Saturdays.

LATS General Manager Ryan Landers said half of their busses are already past they're recommended amount of time on the road.  The concern is, if these older buses started to break down, they would have to reduce even more routes.

Landers said they have more buses arriving in 2018, but they're trying to do what they can now to preserve the busses until they arrive.

Before they make any changes, though, they're looking to riders for input.

“They are the main reason why we have public transportation. We want to know what they want because that is what the system is built around. We want to make sure that their needs are met and that their voices are heard,” Landers said.

Landers said residents can call to let them know what they think about the possible reductions. LATS also plans to place surveys in bus seats.

City council approved allowing citizen input during Tuesday night's meeting. 

The earliest the changes could go into effect is in July. Those changes would also need the council's approval.

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