- Posted March 22, 2009 by
St Louis, Missouri
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Stimulus thoughts: What you'd fix first
The Decay Of A City
Metro Transit, the only mass transit organization in the Saint Louis area is facing a 46 million dollar budget deficit. Metro has decided to cut 22 bus routes, which will completely sever the county from the city on March 30th.
Many riders like myself rely on metro because of the high cost of commuting. The average parking downtown is $80 dollars a month, and a monthly bus pass cost $68 dollars, ontop of all the gas savings. Others have a full dependency on the bus, including the disabled and elderly.
The hope of the stimulus money helping to save our Mass Transit system came and left. President Obama pledged that this country will move towards more "green" solutions. Yet the highways have recieved the majority of the transportation funding. Mass Transit has been given money to expand the system, and yet they can not afford to operate the existing system.
I have written many politicians regarding this issue, from the local to the federal level. Not one will step forward and even back this. Yet they are aware on March 30th that Metro will lay off 600 employees, and it has been estimate the ripple effect of lost jobs could reach up to twelve thousand. It seems the government would rather pay unemployment then invest in transit.