Give officials a bus ride

People with disabling conditions in Colorado Springs often have very low incomes, but place a very high value on social and financial independence. Yet for many, the biggest barrier to securing and maintaining employment, attending school, seeing a physician or getting together with family and friends is lack of accessible and reliable public transit.

I could not agree more with Patricia Yeager’s comments in her Mar. 7 letter to the editor. The need for high-quality public transit is going to drastically increase as the boomer generation grows older.

Isn’t it odd that the frugal and business-minded elected officials of Colorado Springs will spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on contracts for big real estate projects (read, the USOC building downtown) and swimming pools (which should have never been closed in the first place), and yet cut subsidies for transportation for disabled citizens and eliminate bus routes from schedules for the rest of the public?

Owning and maintaining an automobile is expensive. When you have to pay hundreds of dollars a month out of pocket to pay for medical care, driving to the store, to work or to the doctor in your own car is just a dream.

I challenge our elected officials to spend one day (or better yet one week), trying to get to medical appointments, meetings with staff and community leaders or even taking a trip to Memorial Park on a Sunday afternoon — without a car or truck. It may change their perspective about the value of funding transit and other community services in Colorado Springs.

Steve Bell, BrainStorm Career Services

Colorado Springs