Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Public Transportation

I am fortunate to both own a car and be able to put gas in it. I often drive down 44th and 28th streets and it is clear that there are a lot more people waiting for public transit than was the case even a year ago.

What pisses me off is that these riders have to stand in the sun, the rain and the snow while waiting interminably for the buses. There are no seats, and no shelters; in the winter the snow isn't even cleared away so they have to stand in snow banks.

This is disgraceful and it is time for Kent County to buck up and start investing in public transportation. This doesn't just mean more and better buses. It also means treating riders with respect - and allowing them some dignity while standing by the side of the road watching the more fortunate drive by in their heated and air-conditioned cars.

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