While many residents lamented the former police chief’s fate over the holidays, our Board of Commissioners were able to quietly fail to act on a resolution extending bus service.
At $1.50 per ride C-Tran is definitely the cheapest, but not the only form of public transportation available in Clayton county. Riders can still carpool, vanpool or ride the Xpress bus. So if you really enjoy living here there are alternatives, albeit more inconvenient and expensive ones. Hopefully affordable options are being explored for handicap and elderly riders after C-Tran’s demise.
I don’t subscribe to the “public transportation causes crime” theory. Those I know who have broken the law never claimed to use the bus or train as a means of escape. But since many riders have publicly stated that C-Tran isn’t worth a fare increase and federal funding is gone, where’s the money supposed to come from? There aren’t many Clayton residents who will agree to a tax increase for any reason, especially to financially support a bus system losing tons of money as is.
C-Tran service ends March 31, at which time the county still has to repay $2.1 million back to the federal government. According to the Clayton neighbor, Chairman Eldrin Bell believes operating this bus service contributes to the county’s economic growth and has stated all along that he will work to find a way to keep C-Tran running.
If you ride C-Tran, will you stay in Clayton county and find another way to get from point A to point B, or will you go elsewhere?