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Future of public transit uncertain in Okaloosa County

Okaloosa county's transit system may be shut down next year.

"The Wave" operates on a combination of state and federal grants and county funds.
   
Rider fares also help pay for the system.
   
The county has been contributing around $315,000 annually for the last several years, but the county's Growth Management Director says this year, the county would have to give an extra $329,000 to keep the buses running.
   
Commissioners are being asked to discontinue all the regular routes on the Okaloosa transit system.
   
People who ride the buses say they can't do without them.

"If they didn't have the bus, there would be a lot of unemployed people here in Fort Walton Beach that usually take the bus for the Destin jobs", says Cleo Peazant.

There will be a public hearing on July 15th about the future of the transit system.
   
It will be at 8:30 a.m. at the Water and Sewer Building.