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Adequate bus system long overdue

The Columbia Star of Columbia, South Carolina

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On Feb 2, 2009, at 3:17 pm, Robert Liming wrote:

Two weeks ago Richland County Council took a bold step forward giving first reading approval to a plan to save our beleaguered bus system. They submitted a reasonable and well developed plan to provide interim funding for our bus system. Following the initial presentation of this plan before the County-City Ad Hoc Committee numerous public officials and community leaders openly pledged their support for the proposal. They promised swift action to save our buses, but as of today we haven't heard of any official action or open public discussion on the plan by Columbia City Council.

We hope City Council will take immediate steps to move forward with positive action on this sound plan, and join with Richland County Council in approving interim funding for our community's vital bus system. We need, and we welcome your help and support.

Working together we can keep our buses rolling, but we can't wait, we need to act now!

Thank You.

SAVE OUR BUSES TASK FORCE

Robert G. "Bob" Liming

Suite 167

1520 Senate Street,

Columbia, South Carolina 29201

USA

Tel/FAX: 803-252-2167

Cell: 803-917-4177'

Just to put this appeal in historical context, let me add that we had about 32-34 buses on the street at peak demand morning time in my report to the mayor, 1991, which reported Columbia had about half the national average bus service on a per capita basis. The same number of buses ran the full day's schedule. At the time, Austin and Madison had more than five times the bus service on a per capita basis.

Since then, 18 years later through bold leadership and rapt constant care and concern by our city's elected officials for the mobility of its citizens, many more than the population of 1991, we still have about 32-34 buses on the street at peak demand weekday morning time, but now a few of those are morning and evening service only, and then they're shut down on weekends. Meanwhile, you really don't want to know what's happened elsewhere in the United States, particularly Austin and Madison. We're even further behindmuch further.

John Temple Ligon



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Original Publication Date: February 6, 2009



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