Chrissie Hynde rides the bus for a cause

AKRON, OH After the Monday morning ride, the Akron native and the lead singer of The Pretenders said public transportation is "what makes a city a city."

Her ride took her to downtown Akron with other tax supporters, who carried homemade and official Metro Regional Transit Authority signs promoting the tax issue on the March 4 ballot.

"If you feel you have to have a car, you feel trapped," she said, adding that people who rely only on cars "forget what it is to walk and enjoy the city."

Metro RTA, which has a $29 million budget, seeks a permanent 0.25 percent sales tax increase to raise roughly $18 million in additional funding per year. It would raise the total sales tax in Summit County to 6.5 percent.

Officials say all weekend buses and a curb-to-curb service that helps the disabled and elderly would be cut without the increase.


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