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Until we create protected bike lanes - which exist in Amsterdam, Berlin, Barcelona, and many other places - back-in/head-out parking is the only safe option.
I find this incredibly disturbing. What recourse do AC Transit customers and the public have? It seems as if the board holds all the cards. I was so hopeful about the agency's new course after Armijo became GM, and was encouraged by the changes that occurred under his leadership. These include (among others):
> use of locally built buses instead of the expensive, uncomfortable "Van Hells";
> a budget surplus (I never thought I'd see that one);
> increased ridership;
> a restoration of some services;
> a hopeful future.
Even the bus drivers were beginning to exhale. (That's taken a while because they worked for so many years under abysmal leadership.)
And now we're left with pretty much the same leadership that drove passengers away and drove AC Transit into the red. Now, instead of fighting about the cost of the Van Hells, we can fight about the cost and expansion of the fuel-cell program -- which has proved to be a budget breaker during the eight years it has been demonstrated.
I do not trust this board and have no faith that it is capable of becoming a well-managed, stable, reliable transit agency.
I hope David Armijo proves to be a good GM. For now I will take Joyce Roy's word for it. The fact that he is interested in meeting with concerned bus riders is an excellent sign. I haven't heard any less complaining from drivers yet, with whom I speak regularly, and I think It will take them a long time to lose their cynicism about AC Transit management. Armijo has a long row to hoe and I don't envy him. I also don't appreciate waiting over 40 minutes for the #1 bus (a major line) at 7 pm, and for the poor operation of the NextBus system. (I recognize that NextBus is an independent company, but if it doesn't work I hope ACT can influence its improvement.)
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