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Taking the bus is better

I live in the beautiful Sierra Nevada foothill town of Grass Valley and commute to work in Roseville. More and more people are making the same choices with respect to these “live/work” regions. Traffic along Highway 49 has so increased that the state of California is now proposing in its own inimitable idiocy that Caltrans widen the highway between Auburn and Lake of the Pines.

From my own personal commuting experiences, I know that this action will only be costly, disruptive, and inadequate because it is not addressing the root problem – commuting, only the symptom – traffic.



By using a combination of the Gold Country Stage, Placer County Transit, and Roseville Transit bus lines I can (and have for a number of months) commute both ways to and from work (45 miles) for a total cost of $4 per day and my personal outlay of time of 1.5 hours. Now, the 1.5 hours are approximately double the driving time of 45 minutes. So, I invest only an additional 1.5 hours per day by using public transit.

We need more buses, full-time drivers, schedules, and shorter routes, not more lanes.




Please do everything you can to stall the final vote on this issue. I ride the bus and I don’t even have to because I have a car that makes the commute in style. I just care.

Yvonne Mathew

Grass Valley


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