Voice your opinion on Columbia Transit

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In case you haven’t heard, the Columbia Transit (public bus) system is asking students to put up $80 per semester to possibly make the bus system better. That’s an arbitrary dollar amount with a vague purpose, and there’s more to the issue than it seems. Today marked what the Maneater called “the biggest transit change in school history.”

The University has brought in a private consultant to address the matter. The Maneater reports that “the evaluation and plans will cost MU $65,000 and will be funded by Parking and Transportation Services.” The best decisions won’t be made without student involvement.

The consultant will be at the Sustainability Office at 5pm on February 7th, and anyone can attend and discuss their ideas for transportation for students.

Direct inquiries can be made to Jim Joy, director of director of Parking & Transportation (JoyJ@missouri.edu). Also, student-run Campus Transit Committee meetings take place on Thursdays at 6:30 (contact Brittany Perrin at blp2m5@mail.missouri.edu for more info).

You can also join more than 1,200 Columbia residents who have signed up in support of Columbians for Modern, Efficient Transit (CoMET) and their Community Vision. They will host Community Conversations about Transit:

  • Monday, February 13, 5:30pm-8pm, at Unitarian-Universalist Church, 2615 Shepard Blvd., hosted by 6th Ward Councilperson Barbara Hoppe
  • Thursday, February 16, 5:30pm-8pm, at Russell Chapel CME Church, 108 Ash St., hosted by 1st Ward Councilperson Fred Schmidt

Columbia Transit currently has a budget shortfall, buses only run every 40 minutes even at peak times, and there’s no Sunday service. At the same time, more than a thousand Columbia residents and dozens of organizations have signed on to the CoMET Vision of a modern, efficient transit system with vastly expanded services. And there is overwhelming evidence that a strong transit system improves a community’s health, environment, and local economy. Bring your ideas to the table and help flesh out the CoMET Vision at one of these “World Café-style” Community Conversations about Transit.

Dinner, childcare, and transportation assistance will be provided for the two CoMET events.  To RSVP, and for more information, contact Jennifer Null at jennifer@pednet.org.

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