Commentary: Catch a Bus to the Bus?

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, May 23, 2008

The bus terminal has been a drag on downtown for years. So it was no surprise when the city council approved a multi-million dollar deal to move it. That’s good for downtown businesses.

But what about bus riders? What about the poor, students, and others who depend on low cost intercity buses to get where they need to go? How will they get to the new station when it opens next year?

The new Greyhound will sit on an out of the way corner wedged between the river and the city’s water treatment plan. Public bus service is not non-existent there, but it’s sparse – nothing like the bus service downtown. For people without alternative transportation options – and bus riders often have no other way to get where they need to go – schlepping bags and kids to the new terminal will be a challenge, even impossible for some.

City planners worked hard on the finance plan, to buy land and lease it to a developer, and to pay for infrastructure improvements at the new site, but no one appears to have given much thought to how bus riders will get there. Before the new Greyhound opens next year – the city needs to figure that out.


Ginger Rutland writes for The Sacramento Bee opinion pages.