Friday, December 18, 2009

TARC responsive to squeaky wheels rather than fiscal responsibility

From the C-J editorialists...

Several weeks ago, when the Transit Authority of River City (TARC) announced proposed changes in routes and schedules to reflect the decline in revenue, it was clear that the step was necessary.

What follows will indicate that the C-J'ers have an erroneous idea of "necessary".

Through a public ascertainment process, TARC heard from 94 people at public hearings and another 150 by e-mail or phone. And as a result, some service that had been scheduled for elimination was spared.

We urge the agency to take a better look at smaller vans and buses for the less popular routes. But meanwhile, the TARC board deserves praise for being responsive.

Surely, they're already using appropriate vehicles. TARC should be praised for being responsive-- at the expense of fiscal responsibility-- or they were crying wolf. Neither is impressive.


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