Letter: We need buses
The organizations that formed GPREP to work together to sell the region to businesses are to be congratulated. There is no question that the area needs more and better jobs. But Ruth Mayday, director of Development Service for the Town of Chino Valley, must be new to the region. She doesn’t seem to be aware of the lack of public transportation.
She is quoted in the article as saying that residents in any of the municipalities could easily enough commute from one to the other for the sake of a quality job. Yes, they can, provided they have a car in working condition. That is not a given. The per capita income in Prescott Valley is $19,500 according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That barely allows enough money for food and shelter. Car repairs or even car ownership is a dream for many.
If GPREP wants to make an impact on the region, it should get behind efforts to create dependable public transportation. Central Yavapai Metropolitan Planning Organization (CYMPO) has spent at least as much time and money on planning and research as it has on actual transportation improvements. It seems any time the conversation turns to buses, the conversation ends. We are too large a community not to have dependable public bus service.