Your Opinion: Proposed transit cuts feared

Dear Editor:

The City Council of Jefferson City proposes cuts to public transit that concern me. They are considering making fewer vehicle repairs, which scares me, for the sake not only of the passengers and drivers, but for the vehicles driving in close proximity to the buses.

The idea of cutting out midday service is also problematic. People who work alternative shifts will be relegated to the unemployment lines. Just one of the serious problems in this town is the serious shortage of medical providers in several specialties. Some providers are so fully booked that they cannot be flexible and change standing appointment times.

Those of us who rely on public transit, whether out of need or a commitment to attempt to save the environment and not contribute to additional traffic and parking congestion, cannot travel to Columbia or other nearby towns for medical care and jobs. Taxi fare to an emergency room or grocery store is prohibitive.

Transit passengers would have to run errands quickly during either the few morning or afternoon hours of transit availability if Jefftran cuts out midday service, or go in the morning and be stuck someplace until Jefftran resumed service in the afternoon.

This quote is from the Public Transportation Facebook page:

“The American Society of Civil Engineers report card on infrastructure shows the American economy lost $90 billion in 2010 due to lack of investment in public transportation.”

I would like to invite the City of Jefferson into the 21st century.

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