Vote yes on bond for Blue Bus

The Taos News - - FAVOR Y CONTRA - By Lynn Far­quhar

Vote ‘yes’ on bond for Blue Bus

As a Blue Bus rider (I live in Questa), I was heart­ened to read for­mer coun­cil­man Al­fred Her­rera’s piece in “Let­ters” to re­mind Taoseños that a “yes”for this bond is­sue will not raise taxes one iota, and to en­cour­age sup­port­ing the bond to fund the North Cen­tral Re­gional Tran­sit Dis­trict, keep­ing in mind that pub­lic tran­sit of­ten is the only op­tion for some.

This is an im­por­tant is­sue for those of us who, for what­ever rea­son, do not own a per­sonal car and have the same needs as car own­ers for ac­cess to healthy gro­ceries, ad­e­quate health care, em­ploy­ment, vol­un­teer op­por­tu­ni­ties, so­cial con­nec­tions, you name it. In ad­di­tion, in this overly fos­sil-fu­eled an­thro­pocene age we’re in, which pro­foundly im­pacts the very land­scape of our planet and all its in­hab­i­tants, it be­hooves us all to con­sider leav­ing our cars parked as much as pos­si­ble to use al­ter­na­tive tran­spor­ta­tion, whether it’s walk­ing, bik­ing, or uti­liz­ing pub­lic tran­sit.

I urge ev­ery­one to sup­port reau­tho­riza­tion of the cur­rent fund­ing of the bus sys­tem, whether car own­ers or not, and to pick up a bus sched­ule (avail­able at the li­brary) and hop on one of Taos’ won­der­ful (and free! how lucky is that?!?) Blue Buses to ex­per­i­ment and con­nect with fel­low rid­ers as we re­duce the traf­fic jams and lib­er­ate our­selves from the en­slave­ment of the mind that sees pri­vate car own­er­ship as nec­es­sary as breath­ing to even live in this world.

It’s not. (I’m writ­ing this af­ter a walk through that bot­tle­neck area be­tween Smith’s and Civic Plaza Dr. where the air most day­light hours any sea­son in Taos can make a per­son nearly keel over from the car­bon monox­ide!). Painted blue as our of­ten gor­geous turquoise to royal-blue skies here in North­ern New Mex­ico skies, the Blue Bus is beau­ti­ful, and I hope its rid­er­ship will in­crease as we steadily de­crease the use of pri­vate ve­hi­cles, less­en­ing our traf­fic jams and pol­lu­tion in Taos.

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