Keep paratransit alive |

Keep paratransit alive

Keeping Paratransit operating is essential, but let’s not forget that this is not the big city where the majority of people live, but rather a rural community where people are spread out living in the county as well as in the city.

Paratransit is designed to serve the disabled and allow them to live independently and be able to get to their medical appointments, the grocery store and be able to socialize with their peers. Alta Sierra has been penalized already by a doubling of fares last year while Penn Valley, which is also county, has had no fare increase. Loss of ridership due to another doubling of fares means disabled people will be homebound with no way to get to their appointments.

People in extended areas like Alta Sierra are also taxpayers and patronize local businesses. The Transit Commission must realize by enacting further large fare increases for a few they are further disabling the disabled in this community.

Jean Sinclair

Grass Valley

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