Augusta Public Transit must fix problems

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Well, it happened again recently. The information I was given by Augusta Public Transit was incorrect so I missed the bus for the fourth time in recent memory. I had checked their online map as well as the online bus schedules and followed the directions to a T. Alas, it was not enough. Maybe I should have known better, as there are many discrepancies among the printed route map, the online route schedule and the information people receive when they call APT for assistance.

Ever since I returned to Augusta in early March, one of my prime goals has been to make public transportation more usable in Augusta. Having lived in large and small cities with easy-to-use public transit, various ways to make huge improvements in the virtually unworkable Augusta bus system were easy to see.

Despite my best efforts, the very thing that would make the Augusta bus system more workable overnight -- the placing of the bus routes and schedules on Google Maps -- has been placed on the back burner by the powers-that-be at APT. Given that putting this information on Google Maps, which is a completely free service, would make catching the bus as easy as finding point to point driving directions on Google Maps, this seemed like a zero-cost way to make the bus system more usable. Unfortunately, it's apparently not a priority for APT.

While there are numerous other easy ways to solve problems with APT, the snail-like pace at which they have dealt with the totally free Google Maps is emblematic of the deep-rooted problems at that city department.

I would encourage everyone to go to Google Maps at google.com/maps and see how easy it is to find out exactly how best to use public transportation in Atlanta or Charlotte, N.C., to get around those sprawling cities. If you like what you see, please call Augusta Public Transit and let them know that Augusta deserves nothing less.

Anthony V. Esposito

Augusta

(The writer is founder of Growing Augusta the GreenWay.)

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justus4
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justus4 07/23/09 - 04:41 am
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Local public transportation
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Local public transportation is poorly operated because of institutionalized barriers to aquiring the most educated & intelligent individuals with comtemporary knowledge of transportation models. The place is operated like a kool aid stand, so not much is expected...a good bike may be the answer.

omnomnom
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omnomnom 07/23/09 - 05:43 am
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justus, ur spellin mistazke

justus, ur spellin mistazke and poorly use of grammer makes u hard to taek serisly alot.
Unless the "institutionalized barriers" you are referring to are funding cuts, misallocation of funds, or perception (whether correct or not) that public transportation is smelly, dirty, and doesn't go where you need it... your argument is moot. You know what color Heywood Johnson is, riiiiiiight?

concernednative
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concernednative 07/23/09 - 06:41 am
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Omno, he didn't mention race.

Omno, he didn't mention race. So I don't know what your point is. The public transit is used by those of less means who typically don't get their issues addressed. So this goes along with roads, dilipidated houses, crime or whatever as it pertains to the poor.

charliemanson
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charliemanson 07/23/09 - 07:24 am
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Omno: Why pick on one

Omno: Why pick on one person's grammar when the majority of the people who post on these boards make grammatical mistakes? Like Justus says, it sounds like racism. lol.

mad_max
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mad_max 07/23/09 - 11:16 am
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The facts are: 1) At the

The facts are: 1) At the current fares there are not enough users of public transit to make it break even proposition. 2) The current users are not willing to pay a fair price in order to make public transit break even. Now that leaves the question of should the taxpayers have to subsidize those who use public transit. I say NO. Either the fares should be raised to cover the cost OR the system should be shut down. People can call a cab or buy a car like the rest of us. I'm sorry but taxpayers cannot subsidize EVERYTHING for EVERYBODY. I live where public transit will NEVER run. Why should I pay for someone else's transit. Users of public transit should be willing to pay the ACTUAL COST of running the system. If they are not, then they should be willing to live with poor, but affordable, service. I know that sounds heartless but as Walter would have said "that's they way it is". I should not have to pay for something that does not and will never service my area. Commnssioners should set the public transit rates at actual cost and provide a decent service. Actual cost rates would certainly be cheaper than a taxi or owning, insuring, and maintaining a car. HIGHER FARES, BETTER SERVICE

treerock
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treerock 07/23/09 - 12:16 pm
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ride a bike to work! that

ride a bike to work! that simple act alone has saved me a lot of money in gasoline and parking fees as well as auto insurance, approximately $900 a year altogether. and i get my daily exercise while commuting.

shmooth
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shmooth 07/23/09 - 12:22 pm
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Taxpayers subsidize roads and

Taxpayers subsidize roads and bridges all the time, and for massive amounts of money -- orders of magnitude more money than we subsidize public transit. In other words, it is likely that Augusta roads lose tens of millions of dollars a year--we don't even know how much for sure.

And yet we don't demand that drivers pay a fair price to use these outrageously expensive facilities -- with tolls, increased gas taxes (decreasing in real terms for years).

The gas taxes, property and sales taxes, etc. -- add it all up and it still comes nowhere close to paying for all of our car infrastructure. It amounts to a regressive tax system which transfers wealth to the upper classes of society.

First, we need to stop this massive social engineering experiment, then we need to correct it as much as we can by building real mass transit. The 90/10 match from the Feds that goes for roads is a travesty, and has been since it was first instituted in the 50s.

Adding, the externalities of driving culture (indirect costs not accounted for in gas prices, car prices, etc.) are almost too much to total -- with the latest study showing brain damage to fetuses exposed to automobile pollution.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/23/09 - 01:22 pm
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Mr. Esposito says he

Mr. Esposito says he "returned" to Augusta. Well, he must have been gone a long time, because he has not yet learned that Fred (What, me worry?) Russell has no interest in running an efficient transit system because he has no interest in having ANY of the employees of the city improve the city in any meaningful way. Mr. Russell does not enjoy the mundane, day-in-day-out grind of running a city. He is interested only in "projects" such as the TEE Center where he can hire architects, engineers and construction companies and watch the building go up. After it is built he will look for another to build. Oh, yes, I forgot that he also likes to strut around when the Tour de Georgia comes to town.

omnomnom
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omnomnom 07/23/09 - 02:07 pm
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charliemanson, justus implies

charliemanson, justus implies race in every post. It doesn't have to be called a spade, for him to think its a spade. Hell, everything justus sees is a spade (useful in shovelin' you-know-what)

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