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Lodi, still grappling with transit cuts, seeks input

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Posted: Friday, October 9, 2009 12:00 am

Hands flew in to the air at LOEL Center after Paula Fernandez, Lodi's transportation manager, asked how many people use Lodi's bus system to get to church on Sundays.

"There is a high population of old, disabled and elderly people in Lodi, so it's a vital service," Lodi resident Celeste Overby said. "When I heard evenings or Sundays may be eliminated altogether, that won't work for me, and I assume it won't work for others."

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6 comments:

  • posted at 3:16 pm on Fri, Oct 9, 2009.

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    BOO THE CITY OF LODI TOP PAID OFFICAL'S

     
  • posted at 2:57 pm on Fri, Oct 9, 2009.

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    FIRE THE TOP 25 HIGHEST PAID CITY OFFICALS. OR CUT THERE WAGE IN 1/2. THE SICK THING ABOUT YOU CUT THERE WAGE IN HALF SOME OF THEM ARE STILL MAKING OVER 100'000.00 A YEAR. YOU KNOW WHICH ONES YOU ARE. BOOOOOOOO THE CITY OF LODI BOOOOOOO!

     
  • posted at 11:44 am on Fri, Oct 9, 2009.

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    T&C you do have a soft and better side to yourself. If the city subsidizes the Grape Line and it does not run on certain days, perhaps a cab and voucher system might help. Where as the passenger signs a voucher and the cab driver turns it into the city for reimbursment that has a print out from the meter. The cost can`t be any worse for a cab or dial-a-ride than operating a big bus going nowhere.

     
  • posted at 6:38 am on Fri, Oct 9, 2009.

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    Some churches in town don't have transportation for it's congregants due to liability issues. Churches don't want to be sued if anything should happen. I know several people who attend my church that depend on the bus system, and/or dial-a-ride to get them to church. Most of them are handicapped in some form or fashion, and some are elderly, and some have no transportation in order to get to church. These same people depend on the service to go shopping, get to dr. appts. and other types of medical services. To eliminate services on weekends would hurt way too many people. Especially with the winter months coming up. Mothers walking their babies in the fog, rain, cold....and what about the elderly or infirmed that can't walk period? Seems to me there has got to be other options out there. I hope our city council listens to those who are showing up.

     
  • posted at 5:55 am on Fri, Oct 9, 2009.

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    I have a couple of questions: if these people are U.S. citizens, why can they not speak/read English? And if they are not citizens, why do we care if they get transportation at all? I don't understand. I completely agree with the Seniors having transportation, that is important. I just don't understand why we would have to worry about printing this stuff in spanish for people who cannot understand or read English? Now there is an added expense while we are cutting back.

     
  • posted at 1:08 am on Fri, Oct 9, 2009.

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    I was very happy to be at this meeting. Though I am disabled, I am able to "Adapt" and adjust, but other's cannot adjust and will be hurt by such drastic changes. Doing away with the use of Transfers... will add extra revenue for the City! Come on folks, is $1.00 less on your shopping trip gonna hurt your budget?Option B at least gives bus riders limited Saturday service.Posting a SIGN on the inside window of the bus station's "Front and Rear" entry doors alerting passengers (In English & Spanish) that there is "NO" bus service on Furlough or Holidays at least helps passengers go home, rather then to wait for a bus that is "Not" going to arrive!It is the responsibility of everyone to know how to read the English Language but we all know that is not the case. Dual language notice serves the 2 largest groups of passengers.

     
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