Forum on public transportation scheduled for Thursday night

Thursday, February 16, 2012 | 10:51 a.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Residents will have an opportunity to share their thoughts on Columbia’s transportation system at a public forum tonight hosted by First Ward Councilman Fred Schmidt and sponsored by Columbians for Modern, Efficient Transit.

The forum will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Russell Chapel CME Church, 108 E. Ash St. It is the first of two forums being held by Columbians for Modern Efficient Transit.

For transit riders in Columbia, it's been a year of upheaval. Fare increases, route cuts, and budget crises have left Columbia's bus system in a state of uncertainty. The public forums provide a place for the community to offer suggestions to improve public transportation in the city.

The forum will include dinner and childcare.

A similar forum, scheduled for Feb. 13, was rescheduled because of the weather. Sixth Ward Councilwoman Barbara Hoppe will host the forum, which was rescheduled for 5:30 to 8 p.m. March 12 at Unitarian Universalist Church, 2615 Shepard Blvd.

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