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Bus breakdowns cause more than longer waits

A lack of buses is coming between some Amarillo riders and their financial destinations.

Massive mechanical breakdowns are causing delays one woman can hardly afford.  One for Karen Gray, city buses mean more than a ride around town.  They're her only connection to job interviews in Amarillo.

The service slowdown signals a longer wait for a future paycheck.  "I just found out a little bit ago and it's like oh no, you know, more delays."  They're delays city officials blame on mechanical problems they could not avoid.  "It's just a little bit of everything," notes city community services director Vicki Covey, " I mean everything that could break seems to have broken.

Problems with transmissions, oil pumps and brakes have knocked eleven buses out of service and added up to an hour of wait time for local roundtrips.  "It's just gonna make it a lot harder," laments Gray.

Workers are trying to repair the buses in time for next week, but the city can't guarantee they'll return that soon.

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