[tabi] Letter to the Democrat from Owen McCaul

  • From: "Chip Orange" <Corange@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2011 09:16:40 -0400

published Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011
Put the brakes on StarMetro changes

The new StarMetro bus system has failed to meet its goals. It has not
made riders'
commute times shorter, and it is not persuading people to ride instead
of drive.
Why would someone leave the air-conditioned comfort of a personal
vehicle to stand
on the side of the road and wait for a bus that will probably be late if
it comes
at all?
There are two ways to fix the mess that Ron Garrison has made of
StarMetro. The first
would be to go back to the old system, but everyone with the city says
that will
never happen. The other requires more money: StarMetro needs more buses.
It also
needs more shelters (it gets hot standing at the side of the road).
The change to the new system was poorly planned and poorly executed.
Anyone should
have realized that this massive change could not be accomplished in a
manner. It would have been better to leave things as they were; as it
is, the city
will have to pay for its mistakes.


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