Big buses are not the answer
Big buses are ugly, intrusive and present an unfriendly image of Austin. That the Transportation Department proposes to run these monstrous hinged buses downtown is awful. That is not what Austin is about. Spending millions to widen sidewalks and plant trees will make downtown beautiful and pedestrian-friendly and is the right move. The Transportation Department decision to dump those behemoths on us is just wrong. I know it takes money to add smaller buses and drivers, but saving money is not always the answer. Austin deserves better. Look at the Paris bus system for a fine example of public transportation that works.
The story you're reading is premium content from the Austin American-Statesman. Subscribers get total access to all our in-depth news, digital editions and exclusive premium content. You can now also buy a 24-hour digital pass or 7-day digital pass.
For Subscribers: Sign in here if you have already registered your account.Sign In
For Subscribers: Register your account for digital access.Access Digital
Read MyStatesman.com now — 24-hour digital pass99¢ for 24-hours
Read MyStatesman.com all week — 7-day digital pass$3.99 for 7-days
Subscribe to the Statesman for as little as 33¢ per dayView Offers