On April 6, there was a front page article in the Miner that indicated that KART transit would be in line to receive $640,000 for transportation necessities from the federal government. It also quoted the WACOG transportation director, Mr. Barber, as saying that KART was considered among the three strongest rural public transit programs in the state. That is something that we all should be proud of.
Apparently, Councilman Lyons failed to read that article when he made the suggestion that KART be trimmed down to five days a week rather than six days a week as of July 1. His assumption is that KART is a "courtesy offered and only enjoyed by a few people." I would like to know whom did Mr. Lyons ask in order to have reached such a conclusion. Trimming the operating hours from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. is unavoidable, I assume, but no Saturday service is unthinkable.
I went to the ADOT meeting in March at the City Council about the proposed tri-city shuttle service that could be initiated in the latter part of 2010. Councilman Lyons, nor any other council member, was at the meeting to give input. Would ADOT even consider Kingman as part of a tri-city transit program if they thought that it is only a transit system that only a few enjoy?
Wouldn't it be wiser to continue the Saturday service and therefore allow the very people who use the transit system to continue to shop and eat locally on Saturday as they are doing now, and add to the city's sales tax revenue? Mr. Lyons suggests that people reschedule their activities. Why should they? Infringement by any other name is still infringement.
Ponder this suggestion: Anyone who lives outside the Kingman city limits only gets trash pickup once a week. How about reducing the Kingman residents to once a week trash pickup as well? This would save gas and dump charges. Kingman city residents rarely fill the bin in two or three days to warrant a twice-a-week pickup. That would save money.
I hope that all fellow KART riders will speak up and make their views known before the final vote. I hope that Mayor Salem and all City Council members will consider whom they are affecting when making changes to KART service.