LETTER TO THE EDITOR: BlueGo route changes affect lake to valley riders
October 10, 2011
I would like to respond to an article in the Oct. 6 issue by Dylan Silver.
His story indicated that the BlueGo changes were well received by riders. He must not have sought the opinions of the riders most affected by the changes. I speak of the riders who travel up to the lake from the valley areas on the 20X and 21X routes.
Over the last several months, we as riders have known of the changes coming and were asked for our input to help BlueGo understand the needs of the riders on these routes. A number of the riders submitted ideas to BlueGo, including myself.
Then when the plan rolled out, it turns out none of the opinions we had mattered.
The most upsetting change was the elimination of the scheduled time that had the most riders. For all of the daily users the 4:30 p.m. run from the lake to Carson City fit the work schedules of 90 percent of the riders. Now that there is no 4:30 p.m. run we all have had to no longer ride or change our work schedules to match the times it does run. If you work 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and want to go to Carson City you have to wait one hour and 20 minutes to get the 5:50 p.m. run.
We, the riders, understand the need to make changes to keep the business running, but for them to ask for input and then to seemingly ignore it was a slap in the face. Many of the drivers are not happy with the changes either. I ask of you one thing – ride the 21X or the 20X and ask the riders what they think about the changes.
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