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Thursday, May 22, 2008

A need for smaller shuttles in Amherst

We've been away for some time now, but Amherst Life is back and writing. Today's post is about the need for more local transportation: shuttles, affordable taxis, and carpool boards. We need it. Gas is about to hit $4/gallon and will go up during the summer, we are contaminating our air and water supply at an alarming rate, and it is time to make some changes.

We propose the following: cut PVTA service and use the money to invest in hybrid vans. Far too often we see two or three students in one of the enormous PVTA busses.

Some hard-working soul could find funds to subsidize an affordable taxi service so that people don't even NEED to own cars in the Valley.

And last, carpooling boards could go up on masslive and umass sites (end even here on amherst life). The trick is to work in familiar networks so rider safety does not become an issue.

Well, we hope our ideas will help. As always, we welcome your comments!


  • At 10:29 AM , Blogger The Crew said...

    A ride share program

  • At 9:40 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    PVTA bus gets 4MPG. My car gets 35.

    And the reason why a bus is better than my driving myself is????

  • At 12:03 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    well, to save gas for one. to cut down on pollution, 2.
    cut down on traffic jams, 3. save wear and tear on your car. are you really asking this question? go green my friend, go green. or at least take someone with you. the planet is being destroyed by that kind of attitude -- not you, but the logic and though process that you recorded above.

  • At 6:46 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    because 30 people on a bus that gets 4mpg actually saves quite a bit of resources and decreases pollution, especially if the busses are running anyways... Might as well fill them up.

  • At 6:46 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    drive yourself and others in your 35mpg car!


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