May 14, 2014

Letters to the Editor: May 14, 2014

County bus system

TO THE EDITOR: It comes as no surprise to read about the current troubles of Clinton County Public Transportation.

This system is the same one that panic cancels routes at 5 p.m. on days when there are flurries, stranding people in Plattsburgh.

Riders’ choices are to call someone or pay, for example, the $60 taxi fare to Champlain.

To further the damage, the message is not effectively delivered in a timely fashion.

The people who ride the system do it because they have to. It’s the only way some people can get to appointments that include medical, professional and legal.

County Legislator Harry McManus is quoted in Saturday’s Press-Republican: “A lot of people use it (the system) and need it, and this is a service that I feel we have to provide our citizens.” But later in the article, he says, “We may wind up combining or eliminating some of the less efficient routes.”

It’s all about money.

What group of people will the administrators choose to devastate by the loss of more routes, like the last round of eliminations? How many people will lose their jobs or have to uproot their families and move to Plattsburgh to be able to live?

The problem with the CCPT system is management. When was the last time we saw a television ad or heard a radio spot promoting use of the system as an alternative to $4/gallon gas prices? Or that you can relax, read the paper and enjoy a safe ride to work? 

There is no smart-phone app, and the CCPT “website” is grade-school quality. Right before I typed this letter, the page had route information for March 13 on it.

The system limps because its management leg is broken. Fix it; we deserve better.

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