LETTER: Bus riders not considered for public events

Wednesday, April 7, 2010 | 8:56 p.m. CDT

I am writing to express my dismay that Columbia Transit bus schedules are not considered when city employees schedule public events. A case in point is the City Hall Addition dedication and open house that was held March 24.

I visited the mayor’s office on March 24 to find out why the dedication and open house had been scheduled for 6 p.m. that day. Since Columbia Transit buses stop running at 6:05 p.m. on Wednesdays, bus riders who wanted to attend the dedication had no way to get home after the ceremony.

The city employee told me that bus riders had not been taken into consideration when they planned the event. Factors that were considered were a previously scheduled 4:30 meeting that day, and the staff’s desire to catch people leaving work at 5 p.m.

I am upset by the idea that transit riders were effectively shut out of the event. The city’s planning indicated to me that bus riders don’t matter, and don’t count, when the city plans events like this.

By writing this letter, I hope to make city staff aware of this problem, and I hope that Columbia citizens who rely on pubic transportation will be taken into account when staff plans future public events.

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Michael Sleadd April 8, 2010 | 6:44 a.m.

MR. McCloud,
I appreciate your letter. We have established a public transit commission in the last few months to look at improvements in the bus system. Scheduling of major city events when there is bus transportation is important to consider. Please give me your contact information, so I can follow up further with you. Send me an email at:
Thanks again for your letter.
Barbara Hoppe
6th ward council member

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Rachel Brekhus April 8, 2010 | 8:40 a.m.

A bus system that stops running at 6:05 p.m. will never be widely used, even during the hours it does run. The city really needs to find a way to fund much longer hours for the bus system if there is to be any hope of getting people to even consider the bus as a way to get around Columbia.

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