Maybe a bit of irony is included when the Republic posted an article last week, on April 15th, about the looming possibility of service cuts to downtown Phoenix bus services. It sounds like the free ( DASH ) Downtown Area Shuttle will lose its “downtown loop” will get the ax this Summer. While the savings are said to be a little North of $300k, a few downtown groups don’t like what they hear. It will be interesting to see if they can muster together the strength to change the minds of the board before the final straw is drawn.
Obviously, Phoenix isn’t alone in bringing out the chopping block to city services. The fact is, Phoenix Tempe and Mesa are all looking at bus and light rail service cuts as are many more cities around the country. While the cuts are due to a lack of revenue from their designed funding sources, it is interesting to see how the demand for transit appears to be growing nationally. According to this recent report I read from Transportation For America, 59% of those surveyed said “we need to improve public transportation.”
Finding service that is affordable and accessible for large groups of people while still continuing to “keep the lights on,” is obviously not an easy task. I’m glad it’s not up to me…
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