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Taking the Bus to Work

January 23, 1988

What an outrage! Recently it took me and hour and a half to get to work. What is normally a 15 minute ride by car, five miles on city streets, took an hour and a half by the Rapid Transit District.

I had forgotten that in 1976 when I bought my first car, the first thing I did was throw away all my bus schedules. The RTD had become so unreliable that I could no longer afford to take the bus.

Well, times haven't changed. In fact, they've gotten worse. I'm almost glad that my car was in the repair shop. My memory has been refreshed. I would take the bus to work if it weren't for the fact that at 7:30 a.m. bus after bus passed by because there was no room. They were already dangerously crowded with people standing in the step wells. By the time the fifth bus rolled around, more than an hour later, there were 20 people waiting at the stop.

If our mayor and City Council members were forced to ride the bus daily, believe me, there would be some changes.

YOLANDA P. KIRK

Van Nuys

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