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Audit Critical Of Md. Public Transit Program

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BALTIMORE (AP) — A Maryland state audit is criticizing a $60 million public transportation program created to give rides to people with disabilities.

The report Friday from the Office of Legislative Audit says rides were given to people who didn’t need them or meet the requirements.

The report says none of the 30 applications reviewed by auditors could prove with documents that they needed the service.

Maryland Transit Administration records show that the mobility program provided 1.7 million rides last year for $59.7 million.

Riders pay $1.85, though the trips cost nearly $40 on average.

The MTA says it’s begun a process of more thoroughly screening applications to make sure that the passengers genuinely need the rides.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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