The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority said it would delay expected service cuts as it waits to see if it will receive federal transportation dollars from the state to help eliminate a 2009 deficit.

The transit agency faces a $20 million shortfall in 2009 largely stemming from higher gas prices. In July, the RTA released a plan to raise fares and cut service in Cuyahoga County, where it is the sole provider of public transit service. Officials said the authority expects to pay $8.4 million more for diesel fuel this year compared to last.

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