Thursday, March 27, 2008
Bus Fairness: Town Hall Meeting
Town Hall Meeting
Thursday, April 3rd
First floor of the Downtown Library
The Greens have been part of a coalition that has met since April 2006 following some major changes set forth by the Rochester Genesee Regional Transit Authority (RGTA).
These changes had little citizen or bus rider imput and represent a long history of very arrogant and non-responsive management by the RGRTA. As a result there were fee increases that were largely on the backs of city bus riders.
I have been using the bus for two years now (no car) and can speak to the overall disregard by the Authority for concerns of everyday bus riders many of whom are low income persons of color.
We have organized a Town Hall meeting for the purpose of drawing attention to these concerns and to create a citizen review board that would relate to the City and influence the needs of bus riders.
The City has responsibility for the quality of services for the largely city population served. In addition the 13 Commissioners ;who comprise the official Authority Board are largely represented by the counties. Commissioners on the Board are politically appointed and with the exception of one do not routinely ride the buses.
This is just some background leading to encouraging Greens to attend the Town Hall meeting on 4-3-08, 6-8p.m. at the Gleason Auditorium, downtown Library. If we want a more real democracy we will have to insist on it.
Thanks, Bonnie Cannan
Posted by Jason Nabewaniec