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Tiffany Collins, left, transit director of Kandiyohi Area Transit, and Margaret Donahoe, Legislative Advocate for the Minnesota Public Transit Association, sit in a KAT bus Friday afternoon. Donahoe was in Willmar to talk about state and federal funding concerns for public transit. Tribune photo by Carolyn Lange

Funding needs to keep pace with increased need for transit services


WILLMAR -- An aging population, increasing gas prices and a growing immigrant population that can't afford multiple vehicles to drive to work are all factors in the increasing need for transit services in rural Minnesota.

That's why the expected unallotment of state funds and the expiration of the federal transportation bill this fall is making those in the transit business a little nervous.

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Carolyn Lange
A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers county government and regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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