How Does TARTA Effect You?

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I looked into it, and could get to work just fine, but then the bus doesnt pick folks up at a workable time.

The pick up time at the station nearest my work is XX:50, ie 10 minutes till the hour. I dont want to be walking out early every day, and Im not willing to hang around almost an hour to catch the bus.

I keep paying attention tho, and if I can ever work out the details, Im there.

I'd ride TARTA if I worked downtown. Unfortunately, I work in Millbury, Ohio.

TARTA Blows!

Empty buses spewing around 9 cities in 2 large counties is not passenger convenient nor is it fiscally responisible since the bulk of the population can drive where they want to go in less than 20 minutes.

The amount spent on TARTA would be better spent on demand scheduling public transport for the poor, medical, or seasoned where they can call an 1 hr before their need and get their ride to make more efficient routes with less buses, fuel, and labor. The rest of population in this demographic does not need, nor have they used public transportation to justify how much is spent.

80 % of the TARTA equation is pure waste and a relic of wanting to be the city of days gone by when things were 9 to 5 and people couldn't afford more than one vehicle.

Millions should be stripped from TARTA and either returned to taxpayers or spent on fixing other citizen public priorities.

I've been using TARTA more regularly since Hurricane Katrina blew the scales off my eyes in September of 2005.

I used to use it all the time when I worked for the public Library back in the 1980's.

But I got lazy in the 90's and for the early 00's and drove a car almost everywhere.

But I have met the enemy and he is me (or us)!

I have seen the future and it is either the heel-toe express, bicycles, scooters, buses or trains. SUV's, Hummers, F2500's and Jeep Liberties and the lot are soon to be white elephants rusting in the driveway.

So, 09/2005 did it for me. I got myself a Yamaha Scooter - ride it when weather permits (and weather permits unless there's a thunderstorm/heavy rain, winds over 35 mph, ice or snow on the ground or it's at or below freezing). Under my self-imposed restrictions I can ride all but 1 to 2 1/2 months of the year - usually being early January to near mid-March. If global warming predictions are right (and I believe they are) I expect to be able to ride all year round in my life-time.

TARTA is my backup on the weather (or otherwise) scooter down days. When I ride TARTA I'm on the 17. And since ridership these days seems mostly to be rowdy students on the way to suburban academies or the disabled or the dirt-poor either stuck there or trying to climb into the middle-class or gang members or prostitutes and their pimps it can be an interesting ride. In terms or racial/ehtnic use: mostly Black and Hispanic folks use it. The whites, for the most part, look down their nose at TARTA. But I've have heard Black and Hispanic riders talk with the 'can't wait to get my wheels and get off this *$!%&! bus' attitude.

TARTA, provided I am willing to put up with its limited schedule (especially in between the 2 'rush-hours' and on the weekends) can get me anywhere I want to go in Toledo or Maumee or Perrysburg or Sylvania- up to 10 PM at night.

If we want TARTA to improve - all of us - especially those who go to work and really don't have to leave until quitting time - need to use it more.

And I don't give rat's-tush that Toledo is a car-town, either. Many working-class Toledoans fed their families by manufacturing buggy-whips and wagon-wheels in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. I haven't see any buggys or wagons on the road lately. That day for cars and trucks is coming too.

If single parents will find it harder to drop the kids off at day-care and pick up the kids in the evenings - well sorry - but those folks will have to depend on necessity to drive their means to invent new ways to handle it. This isn't cruelty on my part. I'm just callin' 'em as I see 'em - I can't help that the picture doesn't fit into their dreams.

And speaking of dreams - the American Dream needs reinterpreting. Suburbia isn't going to be part of it. Suburbia is not the dream place to go and I fear and know that a whole slew of local people (mostly 20 and 30-somethings), unfortunately, are going to learn that the hard way. And they are really going to be ticked off when it happens and looking for someone to blame. But they are the part of the problem, and won't admit it.

Let's face it: we've sown the wind and are going reap the whirlwind if we don't watch out. We can be like the Fundamentalists and stick our heads in the sand and pray real hard that Jesus comes back soon to save us Americans from this hellish world (of our own making) or we can count on scientific research and development to save our fannies or hope our military can kick-butt in the Middle East so we can control the source of oil. If any of those mentalities are our attitude - hope we can hold on during the socio-economic EF5 twister that's coming. If we want to be sheltered from that effect then we all need to do the sensible thing: change the way we live.

And part of that change is using TARTA or A.T. (alternate transportation) and the not the car. We need to leave our four-wheeled lover before she dumps us. It is as simple as that.

Once again I come to piddle in the swamp.

"We need to leave our four-wheeled lover before she dumps us. It is as simple as that."

That's fine with me, she wasn't very pretty to begin with. She was just a starter wife.