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.