Once again county leaders are looking at a sales tax and once again it appears they are being short-sighted. Nowhere has it been mentioned setting aside money for bus transit or bicycle projects. As noted by Stanislaus Council of Governments director Carlos Yamzon, these projects are funded in the San Joaquin sales tax, and research will show they are always a major component in county sales tax initiatives.
While the ACE train funding is important, ACE does not provide county residents transit services within Stanislaus County. The ACE train will provide an inter-county service that benefits the wealthier of the county and not all residents. Money should be set aside for inter and intra-city bus service, dial-a-ride services for seniors and persons with a disability and for bicycle improvements. This money will help to ensure future transit services to all county residents to get to work, school and shopping. These important transit services help the county’s economy and improve the quality of life within Stanislaus County.
So, county leaders, please have broader vision for these dollars. It is in the best interest of all residents to provide funding for bus transit and bicycle projects.
retired county transit manager