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Jul 16, 2006

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Posted: Jul 16, 2006 3:55pm
Jun 27, 2006
My friend asked me to write about the lack of public transportation.  She lives in a mid-size city where my family lives. It is a more urban/rural area in northwestern Ohio.  If the city has any subsidized housing, it is very inadequate, plus they went way over budget building a huge new high school campus. Walmart had long ago taken over the commercial region of the city, yet recently moved to an outside edge of town -- completely away from everything else.
My friend write, "People in with any disabilities can really be stuck!  The COA bus is only allowed to take me to local Dr appointments because I am not 60 yet. Luckily, I have a husband to take me, but if I were single and visually impaired, what would I do then?  Plus it's not safe to walk to the new Walmart and to most of the doctors offices for the most part.  This town has changed so much!  Mom was telling me how they never had a car until long after I was born.  She either walked everywhere or took a taxi. Taxis cost 10 cents back then. And Mom didn't get a driver's license until I was in Jr. High."
My own Mother also lives there and cannot drive. Of her two children, both have disabilities, too, and I live clear over in southeastern Ohio. The grandkids work and the great grandkids aren't quite old enough to drive, yet. She uses the COA bus (basically for senior citizens), but so often that just is not handy enough, is already full, or, they simply need more workers.
We live in Appalachian Ohio's region of high poverty rates. The population of our school district is over 55% low-income families. Many have no automobiles nor insurance, or, they are cheap cars which don't last long on our rough back roads. NO, they cannot just move! They cannot afford it. They must drive at least 10 miles or more for employment, and, 40 to 100 miles for gainful employment. Currently, gas prices make finding and keeping a good job impossible for many. When a student misses the bus, they miss school, because the parents have no way to drive them all the way there. If you have no transportation, or the weather is bad in our hills and forest, then we are stuck and cannot get to appointments, etc. Old and young, we are all quite stuck in many ways.
A century, or so, ago, people had all kinds of transportation available -- even here in the poorer regions. There were roads, canals, trains all over, tram systems, taxies, horses, and, cars! Our great-great grandparents could visit with each other around the state much easily, without an auto, than we could! In the 1950s, I remember riding buses a lot. In the 1960s I got ride the regional trains, visiting Chicago or back and forth from college. Our village, of about 400, at one time had a train roundhouse, and people could travel all over.
I ask you: Is this progress, especially when more and more people are getting left far behind?

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