Driving safely towards fuller life! A blog about the critical public health function of public transportation and what I learned as a bus driver. As I follow the call to love my neighbor as myself, I hope to uncover blindspots in social determinants of health and to work for mercy and justice in our community. COME RIDE!
Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Go to City Hall on February 17
Please join me at the public hearing of City Council at 7 pm on Monday, February 17th to speak up for public transportation. The meeting will be in City Hall, 101 North Main Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101.
Bus riders and advocates need to call for improved frequency of service. Six routes enjoyed 30-minute frequency during the Business 40 Closure. Currently, WSTA is planning on ending the service of those second buses on May 1st.
Come speak up for expanded service across the entire public transportation system. I hope that the service continues to expand and not be reduced. You can see from the September ride per route ratio which routes will be affected.
I believe that routes 92, 96, and 93, which provide service to the north and the east, deserve a second bus to improve their frequency from every hour to every 30 minutes. Their ridership is currently 28, 26, and 21 rides per hour, respectively.
Bus riders and advocates must speak up for the continued expansion of bus service as an economic mobility issue that has immediate community benefit. Investing in public transportation is money well spent in an effort to develop our community and promote social justice.
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