UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am
A local planning group conducted a community survey on Waco public transportation.
Officials say that 86 percent of county residents who responded to the survey said that public transportation was important, and local government should fund and support the transportation. However, only 10 percent of that group had used the already provided bus service.
Officials say they were surprised by the poll results, and will look at ways to increase the available bus routes. John Hendrickson, General Manager of Waco Transit says, "Frequency is probably the most important factor to them. So we are really going to have to look at how we're providing service, and see if there are some ways we can increase frequency, yet be fiscally responsible as well."
Results also showed that those people who though public transportation was needed, not many supported a tax hike to help fund the service. Others may not think the transportation is needed, because traffic congestion in not a big problem in this area, and driving themselves seems more practical.
Officials are looking at ways to improve the current system, in order to meet the needs and desires of the community.