Speaking of SCAD buses...
In response to your editorial “SCAD Buses: Too Big to Fail,” I too have been alarmed by the quantity of SCAD and tourist buses, but for a different reason.
What this volume of private bus traffic highlights is the absence of public buses. Waiting for a bus on Oglethorpe Avenue by the cemetery, I count dozens of mostly empty SCAD buses while I wait 45 minutes for a Chatham Area Transit bus, and when it comes, there’s standing room only.
The really irritating thing about the new, large SCAD buses is that they are a similar size and design to CAT buses, and every time one appears in the distance, my hopes get up, only to be soon dashed.
A couple of years ago, the bus schedules at bus stops disappeared and the buses started running at new and unpublished times and at half their previous number. Then, one day, they were no longer running on Broughton and the rumor at the bus stop was that SCAD had forced the City to reroute them!
It took us bus riders a while to learn that a new bus station had been built, the cost of which may have accounted for the cuts in service.
So—who rides the CAT buses? For the most part, it is the invisible class of workers who service the tourist trade downtown (the bed makers, cleaners, dishwashers, waiters, and shop assistants, etc. in all restaurants, hotels and retail), without whom there would be no tourism in Savannah.
If you ride the buses and talk at the stops, you will discover what a useless service this has become: a waiter working downtown on Sunday evenings cannot get home by bus because the Sunday service on his line does not run after 5 p.m.
A lunchtime server and student returning home to prepare for class at Savannah State will often not be able to get to class on time, and three of such misses mean failing the course.
Politicians, as we well know, do the bidding of the rich and powerful and, therefore this is not likely to be an election issue.
But it should be noted that it is in the interest of the hotel and restaurant owners to have a bus service running every 15 minutes instead of the current half hour or one hour service.
And if the city can’t afford it, perhaps the businesses should be taxed for it.
All really livable and well-run cities have good public transport systems, with frequent buses and trains and free rides for seniors.
Perhaps people should stop perpetually complaining about crime and spend that effort demanding suitable transport for the essential workforce along with the disabled and elderly citizen bus riders, a decent, affordable bus service.
Tybee bag ban is more 'pay to play' politics
For nearly a year concerned citizens of Tybee have been getting signatures to decide on a Public Initiative for an ordinance to ban plastic bags ON THEIR ISLAND.
This is a seldom used, little-known, and growing trend by American citizens who are tired of elected officials who are influenced by the “pay to play” rules, instead of listening to their constituents.
Now with the introduction of Senate Bill 139, the State wants to deny the citizens of Tybee the right to govern themselves by disallowing such an ordinance—even if it has unanimous support.
How many times have we heard “Georgia should not have to abide by Washington rules!” Should Tybee have to abide by “Atlanta rules???”