Absolutely. I may be against higher taxes, but bus service is something that benefits this Valley and makes us more attractive to businesses looking to locate here.
I'd be willing to pay my fair share and I do not even use it!
I WOULD SUPPORT THE BUS TAX IF I THEY WOULD GET RID OF THE HUGE BUSES FOR SOME VAN'S NO WAY THE RIDERSHIP IS ENOUGH TO SUPPORT THE BUSES. THERE ARE DAYS THAT NOT ONE PERSON IS ON THE BUS.
No way, with a shrinking population base and shrinking wages and benefits for most people bus service that is only used by a small portion of the people is not a priority.
Sorry, but there aren't any businesses I know of considering not coming to the valley because of inadequate bus service.
Thats the whole point to the levy to bring it back to full service. Vote Yes....and by the way I live in boardman and I ride the bus regularlly into downtown, so it dosent benefit city residents.
OldManGrump is wrong when he says the buses only serve Youngstown . They serve Boardman , Austintown & Liberty as well. I am a regular business traveller to the Valley & I don't drive - but I DO create work in Youngstown. If I have to take cabs everywhere , it gets expensive. I arm myself with bus timetables & a map & I find I can get around easily ( except after 6pm ) If the bus services are cut , its going to make it harder for me to create work in Youngstown .Its time some Youngstown residents who may have been disenchanted with Youngstown bus services & fellow passengers in years gone by to take a fresh look at bus travel in the City & actually get on a bus. It's not as bad as they may imagine.
No disrespect to oldmangrump but your opinion and anyone else like you doesn't matter.It just goes to show you it's still ignorance in this world.People should vote YES for busing,it's to many peoples life line for going to work,shopping,appointments,etc.oldmangrump one day you may need a ride!There are more people in this town than just you and your kind.People please vote YES for busing.Where you been oldmangrump,did you know gas prices,utilities,food and everything else has gone up.VOTE YES!!!!!!!!I would hate to think what it really would be like without busing.
No need for buses. When Obama gets elected he is giving all welfare recipients a free car. By the way I heard that Obama's VP will be Oprah!
I will not support the WRTA until the employees of the WRTA do something to HELP... They earn a high wage, full benefits with NO co-pay and NO deductable... When will they help the WRTA ???
The public transportation system needs a total revamp. We need to get out of the 1950s way of thinking about public transportation and move into the 21st century, where public transportation needs to be more direct, more flexible, more available to the people who will actually use it. I've talked to friends about why they don't use the buses, especially those who work downtown where they have to fight traffic, pay for parking, etc., and they've all said it's because buses don't run in their neighborhoods, don't have direct enough routes to their distinations, and because despite the publicity of doing "green" things, riding the bus is for losers that don't have their own car. Until WRTA stops thinking about how to maintain what they have (that doesn't work) and starts thinking about how to make the system usable for the masses (and I don't mean a new advertising campaign), I won't be able to vote for a tax to support it.
THe whole point of the tax to pass is to increase and expand services, also to build park and rides. SO if you vote against you just contradicted everything you mentioned as to why your friends dont take the bus.
Come on, if they can't survive without the sales tax, as they have said many times, then exactly how much expansion do you think they can afford? Obviously poor financial management has led them to the position they are in, there has been no change in the management personnel, do you really think throwing more money at the problem is going to solve it?
cooks50, I wish I had a dollar for every time we've been promised that the next WRTA levy would fix the problems. I need to see a concrete plan of how to get there before I'll vote to throw more money at the problem. More money isn't the answer, neither are more park-n-rides. All the money in the world won't work if they don't have a detailed plan of how they are going to use it to fix WRTA, and the place to start isn't with running a levy, it's with finding out why it doesn't support itself like public transportation should. Every time we pass a WRTA levy, the first action of WRTA is to increase the salaries of the top staff, then they say they don't have enough money to make the needed changes. So if I vote against the levy, it will be a vote against believing in fairy tales and empty promises. I hate to vote against it, but I need to see a business plan and new route maps and what it's going to cost to get WRTA up to standard.
If you vote yes it would at least be a step in the right direction, I understand where you are coming from with a business plan, however I would hate to see more jobs lost and more importantly loss of transportation, in which I rely on to attend classes and work.
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