We must support our transit system

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By Ralph Damiani

High fuel prices are hurting everyone. People are cutting down on their driving, they are driving more carefully and they are taking the bus.

Ridership on the buses to Santa Fe and Albuquerque are up and if you have been on one of the Atomic City buses you’d see a high ridership.

In fact, many routes at many times have packed buses as people seek to get relief from the high price of gas.

Nancy Talley who runs the transportation department said that the bus system had more than 40,000 riders in June. Numbers, she said, for a community of more than 100,000 residents.

She also said the county has already surpassed the expectations in its 10-year plan – which now has to be redone.

And the fact that the local buses – run by the county – are offering free rides is only icing on the cake.

But there is a fly in the ointment that we must all be aware of – and deal with.

The high price of fuel that is driving us to the buses is also affecting the county. According to Talley the county is spending some $3,445 a week on fuel. And that bill will go up as routes expand – as they plan to expand the White Rock route.

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