SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Officials in Sioux Falls say city council members must move quickly to reduce spending on the public transit system.

The Argus Leader reports that growing ridership, particularly among paratransit customers, and a decrease in federal funding has strained the system's finances.

But some councilors question cutting what they call essential services for residents, especially in light of booming revenues and new capital projects throughout the city.

Officials say several reductions in the transit system must take place in 2014, which could include transferring the operation of trolley services to another organization and eliminating night demand services.

Moving beyond 2014, staff members want to increase fares, phase out dedicated school "tripper" route buses and restrict the paratransit service area to only what is federally required.

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