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Elderly transportation funding dries up

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ARLINGTON, Texas - A vital transportation program for the elderly and disabled is facing cuts due to lack of funding.

Three cities participate in the Handi-Ride program – Arlington, Grand Prairie and Mesquite.

The cuts are to federal funding and affect gas, salaries and other operating costs.

Arlington would need to find more than $650,000 to continue operating six days a week.

Some regular users are disappointed by the news.

"I use Handi-Ride for everything. I mean everything. I use it to go to work, to go to the doctors, to the grocery store, to visit my children, just everything," said Pamela Austin.

Austin said she pays $55 a month to use the service.

There are no plans to raise the cost.

Grand Prairie's program is smaller than Arlington's. The city expects to be able to absorb the funding cuts.

Mesquite has not commented on its plan.

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