Letters to the Editor

Essential T

October 19, 2008


To the editor:

My life and job literally depend on public transportation. I use both paratransit and fixed-route to get to the hospital three times a week for treatment of a chronic disease. I then use fixed-route transportation five times a week to get to and from my job. I suppose, without any kind of a bus system in place, I'd have to use local taxi service; the cost to the hospital and home each week would be approximately $60. The added cost to get to and from work would be approximately $100 a week.

Because of my disability I am only able to work a limited number of hours; many with my disability are unable to work at all. To use a cab to continue to and from work would actually cost more than I make. I don't like the idea of just living off disability. I don't want to just live off disability, but what choice would I have? Fares of $160 a week are not something I can afford.

It is important to me to at least try and give back through paying taxes, but without public transportation that will be impossible for me. I'm sure I'm not an isolated case. Please vote "yes" to save our public transportation system, to allow citizens like myself to retain their independence.

Andrew Stahmer,


gl0ck0wn3r 9 years, 7 months ago

What did you do before the T gave you a sense of pseudo-independence?

LogicMan 9 years, 7 months ago

"but what choice would I have? Fares of $160 a week are not something I can afford."If you are able to drive safely, buy a cheap small car like a campus cruiser (e.g. older Corolla, Neon, ...). Lots of 'em out there, and with insurance and gas, should be much less than $160 per week. Not including maintenance and the purchase price of the car, mine costs me about $25 a week.Otherwise, move closer to work. Carpool/walk/ride a bike or scooter. Make friends with folk who can drive you to the hospital.Vote NO on questions 2 and 3. This will force a major redesign of the fixed-route T to be faster and more cost effective.The Para-T can keep going for a few months on existing funds (previous LJW story) while the redesign is done.

mom_of_three 9 years, 7 months ago

It's just so easy for him to move, do you think? Voting NO doesn't guarantee the public transportation system will be reworked, as voting yes doesn't guarantee it either. That requires the citizens to put pressure on the commission. However, after a little computation, I have figured that it will cost me about the same amount in the new tax (if approved) for the ENTIRE year than it would be for him for a week of transportation costs if the tax isn't approved, and we lost public transportation. A few bucks each week I won't notice as much as he will.

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