Fast, Convenient Bus Service Between ABIA and Downtown Needed

RECEIVED Mon., Nov. 29, 2004

Dear Editor,
   Austinites may debate the effectiveness of Capital Metro, but one service is universally popular: fast, convenient service between ABIA and downtown.
   I have been working to add a large downtown hotel map for the airport bus stop. This additional improvement would help everyone. Especially those on a limited budget and during events like SXSW.
   The map is not installed yet and there is bad news. The airport wants to move its bus stop to an isolated end of the terminal. This will remove its visibility from baggage claim and diminish its effectiveness. The goal is for more people to drive cars and use the airport parking lots (generating more revenue).
   The route can easily take 200 cars off the road daily. More would be added by keeping a prime location and posting a proper map. Moving the bus sends the wrong message from city bureaucrats claiming to encourage mass transportation.
Jerry Balaka
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