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The Abington Citizens Network
where Abington, PA residents can share ideas and join forces to build a better community

 

 The Abington Bus
 

 The senior bus was on the chopping block in 2010  and was cut in 2011 .  There are numerous .

Why was the bus cut : 

The cost to run it - $72,000  

The number of users approximately 20 

These figures afforded Oct 29, 2010 Budget meeting by outgoing manager Conway .The number of trips is just a few thousand, apparently by the same 20 people - which calculates out to  about $3600 per person -  $24 per ride ( $24 out to the store and $24  back...?)  at taxpayer expense.   Can you say " what were they thinking " ?  And have we checked - are the riders indigent - or is it possible they have as much $ as the taxpayers being asked to fund them?

The funding comes from about $48,000 worth of advertising  (blight) on our bus shelters, a 14,000 grant and then yet another $10,000  from township coffers.  In essence , out of your pocket.  Bus shelters were set up to accept the advertising to create a stream of income to initiate the bus.  Some of the ads that we have seen have been positively horrible .  Movies, for  example, often use the most "provocative" scene from the movie that they can find  as an attention grabber.  This is what now lines your highways.  Despite the fact that the bus is being cut, you don't suppose you will be getting your scenic roadway back, do you. Far from it. In fact, we are told that the monies are already "accounted for" in other parts of the budget now.  Additionally,  As  of this year, accommodations for advertising on bridges/ billboards/ buildings etc are all being considered as well.  Yes, your voices, and your attention to what is going on are required if we are to maintain our suburb as we would like it. 

 

 

 

 



 


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