Cap Metro, Please Restore MetroRail Connection Service

RECEIVED Mon., Aug. 22, 2011

Dear Editor,
    I am writing to express my deep regret that Capital Metro, as of Aug. 21, 2011, has cut the MetroRail connection bus service. At a time when gas prices are high and job availability is low, public transit should be one of the city's biggest concerns. We hear the phrase "lessen our dependence on foreign oil" often, but rarely do we stop to think how to accomplish this in our daily lives. One clear solution is public transit. Cap Metro needs to understand the importance of the MetroRail connection bus service; the service makes the train a viable option for daily commute, allowing people to get to their jobs and destinations quickly and efficiently. As a MetroRail commuter, I have heard other commuters complain that the elimination of connecting bus service will make it so they cannot rely on the train service to get to their jobs on time.
    The solution that Cap Metro provides: use Car2Go. Anyone who has a Car2Go account will realize that this is an impossibility. Though an admirable service, Car2Go is unreliable, expensive, and impractical for daily use. Personally, I have experienced numerous technical problems trying to access a Car2Go with my membership.
    Cap Metro, please reconsider the importance of public transportation in Austin. Please work to build it up, not tear it down.
Sincerely,
Dana Perrotti
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