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Letter: With bus usage so low, city should subsidize taxis instead
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Michael Simpson, center, sits on a bus Sept. 19 at Gainesville Connection’s Main Street station in Gainesville. - photo by David Barnes

I live in a largely Hispanic neighborhood. I see taxis taking folks to work or wherever it is that they have to go. We have a bus route that runs past here up and down Atlanta Highway. 

The ridership appears minimal. I doubt if it is a free service. 

My first question is, how much does it cost to run that bus service and does it make a profit? I am assuming the bus is public (government) transportation, in which case I doubt if it pays for itself. That is never a consideration with a public service. 

On the other hand taxi service is a business. It makes money for the owner. It makes money for the driver. It pays for the wear and maintenance of the vehicle.  

Is there not some way our sterling city council could get their heads together to subsidize the poor for taxi service?

It would be more convenient for anyone using it. It would be a more efficient  for the taxpayer than buses.  

This is the second or third time I have written to The Times about this subject. 

Dan Purdy

Gainesville

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