Letter - Mass transit big topicTransportation is an important issue and Minneapolis-based Jefferson Lines has been diligent in its efforts to enhance the rural transportation network.
To the editor:
Transportation is an important issue and Minneapolis-based Jefferson Lines has been diligent in its efforts to enhance the rural transportation network. We have worked with the federal and state governments to add service where needed either by providing the service ourselves or by forming partnerships with local transportation providers. While other carriers may discourage cooperation with smaller carriers, Jefferson Lines welcomes the opportunity to work collectively whenever possible.
As fuel prices increase, congestion worsens and our population ages, the topic of mass transportation will continue to gather momentum. Given the high cost of capital and operating expenses and relative low utilization of bus services, many inter-city companies struggle to operate in the black and scaling back service leaves citizens fewer choices.
Jefferson Lines celebrated its 90th anniversary of providing inter-city bus service and continues to do so with a great sense of commitment. Today we provide service to more than 170 communities in 13 states. With our extensive schedule of connections, it is possible for citizens of your community to travel virtually anywhere in the U.S., Canada or Mexico at an affordable rate. Our services are utilized by a broad cross-section of people, from college students needing transportation to school to senior citizens traveling to visit family and friends.
Jefferson Lines understands the hardship it creates when we are forced to discontinue service to a community due to low ridership. Part of the difficulty transit faces is awareness and to combat that problem we are beginning a rural transportation awareness program to educate the public and civic leaders that there are transportation alternatives.
I will be giving a brief presentation to the Alexandria City Council on Monday, May 10 at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chamber at Alexandria City Hall, 704 Broadway, and I invite everyone to attend.