Letter to the editor

Letter: Blue Bus vital to many

By Zachary Dreicer, Dixon
Posted 10/25/18

Public transportation for some is the only option for getting around. For others, it is more efficient than using a vehicle, especially considering factors like commute time, …

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Letter to the editor

Letter: Blue Bus vital to many

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Public transportation for some is the only option for getting around. For others, it is more efficient than using a vehicle, especially considering factors like commute time, distance, parking and cost. For me, as a completely blind individual, it gives me independence, which is very precious as a young adult.

Using the Blue Bus, also known as the NCRTD, keeps me connected to the people I like and the places where I need to be, independently. Without this service, I have to depend on others for transportation, which can be highly inconvenient to them, me or both. Public transportation, in conjunction with my long white cane, allow me to travel where and when I want to go, just like anyone else.

Both the NCRTD’s Santa Fe to Taos and Española to Los Alamos routes are my most frequented runs. If the services were taken away due to NCRTD not having their tax reauthorized, it would greatly reduce the transportation options available to everyone. It would also be extremely detrimental to residents of Northern New Mexico who are unable or unwilling to use private vehicles.

I cannot urge individuals enough to vote "yes" to reauthorize funding for the NCRTD this coming Election Day. Voting "yes" will not increase taxes and it safeguards the future of this vital public service. Public transportation is a must in our rapidly changing environment, and everyone needs options in order to gain equal access and maintain independence.

– Zachary Dreicer, Dixon

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