I read Ms. Haack's letter of Dec. 17 regarding proposed elimination of bus routes taking workers to potential jobs. I too am dismayed that Racine may see reduction of bus service as a viable way for county and city to save money.
I drove until three years ago, when I caused an accident near my home. Luckily no one was hurt, but I decided that I did not really want to take a chance on having another accident and possibly hurting or killing someone. I have not driven since but have been reliant on buses and trains to take me where I needed to go. I soon found that we have very poor access to trains, although tracks here still run through Racine to Kenosha, Milwaukee, Chicago and ultimately the rest of the U.S.A., Canada and Mexico. The Amtrak Station is available to someone with a car but not by bus. I know one elderly person who walked in February from the Amtrak Station to Green Bay Road in desperation.
Also, to get to Aurora Clinic on Douglas Avenue involves taking the 5N to the end of the line and then walking half a mile along the highway. At 78 I can still do this, but next year who knows? What does someone in a wheelchair do? How am I going to negotiate this trek in the future? And how does one get from Racine to the Kenosha Aurora Clinic?
I have found the bus personnel very cheerful, helpful, sensitive and entirely competent. My problem is with those on City and County councils who have driven all their lives and cannot imagine life without personal transport, think about what may happen to you in the future. Think about other residents of Racine who have led productive lives and are ow dependent on decent transport service.
I just want to add that I have lived in Minnesota and Colorado (in the mountains), U.K. and Australia, and I have never seen such a poor transport system.