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There are more cuts to the struggling transit system that serves Whidbey Island and nearby communities.

Island Transit is eliminating Saturday service and suspending some weekday routes.

"Sometimes I ride the bus in the middle of the day and I'd be the only rider on the bus," said Kate LeBaron, who was waiting for a bus Saturday.

She figured it was only a matter of time until Island Transit made it official, but that doesn't mean the cuts to Saturday bus service won't hurt.

"I think it's probably going to be really frustrating for a lot of people, there are a lot of people that take the bus to work," she said.

Over at the ferry terminal, a busload of passengers wondered what they'll do next weekend.

"We use it periodically, it'll have to change what we do, it's unfortunate, but it's all about the money I suppose," said Mike Becker, an Island Transit rider.

Even the driver doesn't want to have this day off.

"I hate to see us lose Saturday service, I hate to see the people lose it, I hate to see the drivers lose it, but hopefully it'll come back real soon and we can start over again," said Mike, an Island Transit driver who declined to give his last name.

But it doesn't look like that'll happen any time soon. Island Transit can no longer afford to provide free rides throughout the county and they've said they don't want to charge passengers.

They eliminated a popular bus to Everett this past June.

"If you don't have enough money to pay the drivers and salaries, something has to give, people don't work for free," said LeBaron.

KING 5 reached out to Island Transit officials for this story, but they declined an opportunity to comment, Saturday.

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