In response to yesterday's Virginian-Pravda story on the possibility of new tolls on I-264, Virginia Beach Taxpayers Alliance (VBTA) Transportation Chairman Reid Greenmun made the statement "folks, no one wants to ride mass transit." http://hamptonroads.com/2008/01/beach-revs-i264-toll-sequel Note his comment.
I've been a Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) regular rider for nearly 3 1/2 years now. I enjoy riding the bus, which has it's advantages over driving. I have no plans to go car shopping for at least another 3 years. HRT may not be perfect, but it's better than the common public perception.
Yesterday I was waiting at my home bus shelter. A lady came up to join me: probably in her 40s, simply dressed, and carrying a bag from Dollar General. Looking at her, I thought she'd probably had a rough life. Worse yet, extremists like Reid Greenmun would write her out of government policy.
Reid calls himself a "Christian". He would be well-advised to read The Last Judgement in Matthew 25, and realize the fiery eternity he and his cohorts have ahead of them. The poor lady's needs are basic; all she needs is bus service that's a tiny fraction of the overall City Budget.