After World War II public transit furnished 5 percent of travel in urban areas. Today, the number is around 1-2 percent. Non-riders pay between 85 to 90 percent of the cost for every transit user’s ride.
Unwilling to face reality here in Charlotte County, the press, the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and a vocal minority are repackaging public transit hoping to persuade people it is necessary. Planners have been holding public meetings for months seeking public input with the hope these sessions will convince decision makers to start a system. They are also interested because it means more annual planning money and staff for the county planning.
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