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Falls Church Is Ending Its Bus Service Amid Budget Concerns
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FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) -- After eight years, Falls Church is ending its bus service.

Facing a tough budget forecast, the City Council voted last week to terminate the George bus service on Sept. 27. The service runs two routes during rush hour between the city and the East Falls Church and West Falls Church Metro stations.

George launched in 2002 as a pilot program with four buses that operated on diesel fuel with reduced emissions. Falls Church began funding George in 2005.

Now officials say they can't afford to maintain the fleet. The city has transferred operation of the bus service from Metro to Arlington County, raised fares and cut midday service.

But if the city dips further into the trust fund that helps pay for the service, it would mean a $347,000 shortfall next year.

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