[mountainstate] Fw: Transportation Caucous
thedogmom at wvdsl.net
Tue Oct 27 13:19:43 GMT 2009
NOTE: Debbie, I apologize for using your previous name. People shouldn't be allowed to change their names when they get married because it just confused me. <LOL> I still call Michelle Radcliffe and she hasn't been forever. <LOL>
Hi. Our state just had, well is in the process of having, public hearings on transportation caucouses. I was the pannel and guest luncheon speaker at the Martinsburg caucous and another of our members, Debbie Brooks, was pannel and luncheon speaker at the Clarksburg caucous this past Friday.
Both went well, I thought and according to the presentor.
Ironically, at both of ours, we had difficulties getting to and from because there was no, or poor, public transportation. Debbie had none, and mine despite my best plans failed on all accounts so the people present go a real live picture of what public transportation is truly all about for people with disabilities, or people who cannot drive.
It was also a real eye-opener when I shared with them that it cost me $1,000 to get from here to our state capital of Charleston this past summer because of no less expensive, or other alternative public transportation, and what a real hindrance this is. (Yeah, not a trip I want to make real often.)
And, it was further enlightening when I told them that for much less, I can get to state capitals in NY, PA, NJ, MD, VA, and of course DC.
The goals of our state are to improve community public transportation.
And to link the eastern panhandle to the southern part (Charleston and Huntington) of the state by bus. Now, unfortunately, they spoke of this as "a dream". I shared that from my perspective we need to move from "a dream" to "mandatory" because as long as we dream, we'll keep dreaming.
Much of the emphasis was on medical needs and I pointed out that while we should indeed not abandon that, we already have several services that handle medical / Medicaid needs. We certainly could use improvement, but now we need to focus on other aspects of life and public transportation including work, recreation, socialization and getting people to religious affiliations because we have nothing on Sundays (other than cabs).
And many of our communities still have nothing at all.
It was and is certainly a step, and I'm excited to see this United We Ride thing as well.
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