Sinnott: Funding will come from EMTA, not taxpayers

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A dispute between Erie County and the city of Erie over the Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority is now in the hands of the court. 

In exactly one month, the current charter will expire, leaving the future of Erie’s transit system up in the air.

The city of Erie and EMTA wants the court to force the county to complete its withdrawal from the charter.

The county, along with County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper, was served a lawsuit on Monday.

Mayor Joe Sinnott said there has been a lot of misinformation given by the county.

He said the city has met with both the county and PennDOT several times regarding the EMTA.

Sinnott said if the county does withdraw its funds, the funding plan is up to the ETMA and not the city.

Sinnott has said in previous interviews that the city is working with the EMTA to come up with the $360,000 in funding that could be lost.

Sinnott said the money will not come from the city or taxpayers, but instead will be a complete plan based off ridership and other factors.

A resolution is hopeful before Sept. 14, the day the current charter expires.

“We have said all along that we would protect the ridership and we would do everything in our power to make sure that the buses do not stop running and PennDOT has said the same thing,” Sinnott said.

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