Courtesy Metropolitan Council

Courtesy Metropolitan Council

MINNEAPOLIS — Ridership surges on the Twin Cities paratransit service, Metro Mobility, and the cost of those trips could force its operating agency to reduce regular bus service, reported the StarTribune.

The Metropolitan Council, which operates the service, expects the number of rides will climb to 2.9 million by 2020, about double what it was in 2010, with a projected trip cost of $89 million, the report said.

To offset the impending demand and rising costs, the Minnesota Senate included the creation of a Metro Mobility task force in its budget bill to examine possible partnerships with smartphone-based or taxi transportation services, the StarTribune reported.

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