When national bus ridership is at an all time high, and the downward economy is creating new users, our transit operators are seeing cuts. The Senior Shuttle in San Luis Obispo County will discontinue service after this Friday -- leaving several people without a way to get around. This is the first of what maybe many cuts. With the new economic stimulus plan, there is a lot of talk about infrastructure - new roads, bridges. What about investment in operations? We need to increase transit service to meet demand, which is increasing. Let's not also forget that by expanding transit service, we get more cars off the road, which in turn lowers carbon emissions, increases passenger safety and helps keep our oceans clean from water run off. Another bonus- riding the bus is linked to lower obesity (see blog below).
Here is an article from the LA Times talking about the issue.
Here is a story from KSBY about the Senior Shuttle Cuts.
Want to say something about all of this? There is an Unmet Transit Needs hearing next Wednesday, February 4th in the County Council Chambers. This hearing is put on by our parent agency (SLOCOG), and will be a forum to address these issues. If you can't make the hearing, you can also email your requests to firstname.lastname@example.org.