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Saturday, April 3, 2010

Stranded in Clayton County

A couple of days ago the Clayton County public buses (C-Tran) shut down. The reason, from what I understand, is the lack of a budget to keep it running. More than 5,000 people relied on that public system and, according to interviews done by local media on the last day, a lot of people didn't know what they were going to do. Here's a link to an article that our local newspaper the AJC posted about the situation.

The day of the shut down, and for the past two days, as I've driven the streets of my community I am saddened even more than I was before. It has already bothered me to see so many people waiting for the bus or trudging along with children in inclement weather as I zoom along with the other cars seemingly taking my transportation for granted. Now I see a few people walking - no more than normal it doesn't seem - and I'm reminded of what "they" say: The more affluent, northern communities shuttled the po' folk to this southern county and have been trying for years to keep us here. That's the reason "they" give for why MARTA (the main public transport system) doesn't venture pass certain areas in all directions.

Whether it's true or not is still up for debate and it's relatively unimportant given the very real and current C-Tran situation. I am saddened that an entire county of people has been left to fend for themselves. Personally, I don't know anyone who was relying on the bus, but I wish that I did because I feel like I should be doing something to help.

What is the solution to this problem and how can we make it right?
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7 comments

  1. That is so sad. I hope they are able to restore it. In the meantime, I'll be sure not to take my transportation for granted!

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  2. stopping in to wish you a happy easter! things have been very crazy in my little corner of the world and i apologize for not stopping by more often. i really miss my blogging friends. much love to you petula!

    hugz!

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  3. That sucks, Petula. The ones who need it the most are the ones who are hurting. States and cities are really hurting, with lots of services going by the wayside. I was really hoping that we were over the worst of it, but sadly, I think there is more bad news to come.

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  4. What a mess and I'm so grateful I've never been put into a situation like that. So far we haven't had any problems with our public transit. It would be nice if there were easy solutions, but lately I don't seem to have a clue about anything.

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  5. Sounds like the perfect breeding ground for a jitney service or two... Just a thought...

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  6. It takes one person! This is a chance for your community to shine, or fade. I hope that it shines. ((hugs)) <3 Happy Easter!

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  7. It is sad that when cuts come down those that need it the most are always the ones who get hurt first. I am fortunate enough not to be in that situation right now but I was there once and who knows what the future brings. Looking at the way the country is going it seems like those in power forget that the fortunate are such by the grace of God and by his grace can they be afflicted. Be it healthcare, social programs or public transportation we must think of those without. How we care for the less fortunate shows us how we will eventually be treated!

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