My family strives to live simply. My husband and I each work part-time jobs. We pinch every penny, trying to make good in this sluggish economy. In order to make ends meet, we do not own a car. We rely heavily on the bus, especially during the winter when biking and walking can be dangerous. The bus may have its drawbacks (25 minute ride from Rosemont to downtown), but it is always there to bring us to work or carry home our groceries.
But now our precious transit system is under attack. Those that do not use the system are balking at the cost. Instead of trying to streamline, simplify and improve the system, they cut service. Senior citizens, the disabled and the poor folks who rely on the service feel that their voices are ignored.
It used to be that our family would go downtown and Lakeside on Sundays, but those days are gone. And now we hear talk of more cutbacks. The mall stop, our bus stop, the stop near the old folks’ home are all on the chopping block. This is no way to increase ridership.
They are going too far. Enough is enough, our voices will be heard. Join us on Thursday at 10 a.m. at Central School. We will march to city hall and maintain a presence until 5 p.m. Do not make Granny walk to church! There must be a better way!