USA Today notes how the City of Charlottesville is considering eliminating fares on the buses. Cvillenews had great discussions months ago.
Until three things happen –
1) The buses stop stopping on at the bottom of the hill at the Emmet Street/Angus Road intersection during rush hour, and staying stopped for five to seven minutes. (getting people to use transit is part marketing against the perception that the buses are inefficient, and this is a testament to the system’s inefficiency)
2) Buses run when people need them to run, rather than closing on Memorial Day (people without cars still don’t have cars on holidays!)
3) The buses go (at least as fast as a car would take them) where people need to go.
– the Charlottesville transit system will remain inadequate for most.