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Regarding public transit and ACCESS service, we need a dedicated, long-term funding source. Every year there is the threat of major cutbacks in service. On the radio we hear jokes about it being "the end of the world as we know it." Yet many of us rely upon public transport for everything -- our independence, our health and, yes, our world. We rely upon an affordable, available and accessible public transit and ACCESS system.

There are the senior citizens who, because of health issues, must give up driving or give up their car for financial reasons; college students; persons with disabilities; workers including a 30-year-old with a master's degree in engineering who, because of health issues, can't drive and depends on public transit; as well as staff of the nursing homes and personal care homes.

Also, public transit is green and means cleaner air and less of a toxic burden on our bodies. Studies have found that those who use mass transit weigh less. In financially challenging times, isn't it nice to know that we can reduce health care costs just by using mass transit? This carries over to our legacy to our children and grandchildren. Wouldn't it be more responsible and far-sighted to leave those who will survive us with better health, lower health care costs and a balanced budget?

We need a dedicated funding source to be established on a state and local level. Then we won't have to go through all of this yearly drama.

CYNTHIA JANKOWSKI
Oakland


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