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MEDFORD, Ore. - Transportation in the Rogue Valley costs families more money any than other major city in the state, according to a new study.

New findings released Wednesday by the Oregon State Public Interest Research Group says the average family in the Medford-Ashland area spends 28 percent of a typical annual income on transportation, equivalent to just over $10,000 a year. Portland and Eugene are at 26 percent and Salem is at 25.

OSPIRG says the region can improve the cost of transportation by making the Rogue Valley Transportation District service more frequent and more efficient.

RVTD has about 80,000 riders a month. Due to the slow economy, it does not have any immediate plans to expand. RVTD currently has no evening or weekend services.

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