Tulsa Transit Riders Lobby Against Budget Cuts

It's a specialized service within Tulsa Transit, and Thursday several people took The Lift it to city hall to make sure officials knew what kind of a difference it makes in their lives.

"It makes a great difference. It's my only way of getting around," said one woman.

That sentiment would echo in the council chambers.

"It is my life. I can't go anywhere without it," said one rider.

"Transportation is critical. It's a deal maker or a deal breaker," said another rider.

But with a city budget that's tripped a breaker of it's own, Tulsa Transit is facing a sizeable cut.

"The number that Tulsa Transit has been asked to reduce our budget by for FY '15 is $691,000," said Tulsa Transit director Bill Cartwright.

Part of the proposed solution? Cutting back on hours of service.

"Cutting these precious hours will cause us to lose our independence and freedom to be able to go to doctor appointments, college, vocational classes," said one speaker.

"This will affect all of our happiness health and prosperity. Make no mistake about it, that is no less than the American dream," said another speaker.

And finally, driving home the point that current hours are tight enough, speakers with disabilities were pushed to the front of the list, since they had to leave before bus service ended.

"Many of those have to catch the bus or The Lift program home," said Tulsa city councilor Phil Lakin.