This spring there were numerous articles in the Daily Times on decisions of the Farmington City Council: These included the projected shortfall of revenues and how to make adjustments to accommodate it. There also were reports on an impressive number of city projects the renovations at the Civic Center and Ricketts Park; the Gateway Museum expansion; the animal shelter and its complications; the smart lights for East Main; sidewalks and bicycle lanes for Foothills Drive, street upgrades and the 2% increase in pay for city employees. In addition some of these projects had funding shortfalls that the city stepped in to cover.
Not discussed were the changes concerning the Red Apple bus (and note that few bus riders attend City Council meetings because the bus stops running at 6 p.m.). Then on June 20th Asst. City Manager Bob Campbell called a meeting at the Civic Center concerning the bus and informed us that on Saturdays they would be eliminating four of the routes and consolidating them into one route. People at the meeting were given a map of the changes, but this still is not available on the buses (and the schedule is in such tiny font as to be unreadable for older eyes).
We live in a time when there's an unspoken assumption that everyone will have a car and be able to drive. Our cities are designed for cars. But some people are legally blind, have poor motor coordination or slowed reflexes, have a disability and can¹t afford a handicapped-adapted vehicle, have a vehicle that has broken down that they can¹t afford to replace, or are too young to drive.
Students at the college, teenagers, young mothers and families, and older people ride the bus to work, school, doctors¹ appointments, grocery shopping, etc.
The improvements in the city are in line with the quality Farmington has always promoted Connie Mack has been an important part of Farmington for nearly 50 years, the animal shelter has long needed expanding and so on.
But transportation is an everyday essential for everyone. People are expected to be where they need to be on time. The issue is priorities. If baseball, animals, museums and streets are important, so are we.