Thursday, January 21, 2010

Does Dayton, OH care about its citizens?

Fares provide only 16 percent of RTA’s operating budget. The rest comes from taxes of one kind or another. Why can’t taxes provide the other 16 percent?

Eliminating fares would offer the following advantages:

• Bus travel time would be reduced, as the driver would not have to wait while passengers paid fares. This would also save fuel.
• Coins would not have to be counted.
• Those most in need of financial help would benefit.
• Many may choose the bus rather than their cars, saving fuel, traffic and parking spaces.

Fare-free public transportation would send a message that Dayton cares about its citizens.

Harvey R. Tuck
Harrison Twp.