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NEWORLEANS - The operation of a bus service running between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, which was supposed to end Friday, was extended for at least one month, according to the Department of Transportation and Development.

Nearly 10,000 people use the service every month.

It was created as a temporary option for people to travel between the two major cities as they recovered from Hurricane Katrina.

DOTD continued service to allow local officials time to find more funding.

LASwift is funded primarily by a grant from the Federal Transit Association and the $5 fares paid by passengers.

Officials would have to come up with about $750,000 a year to continue the service.

Some riders have become accustomed to relying on the service to fulfill basic needs.

Many passengers depend on the service to get to work, to get to the doctor's office and to visit family.

A recent survey showed that one-third of riders come from households without a car.

A petition on has more than 1,000 signatures to keep service running.

LA Swift is set to stop running at the end of July.

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