Guilford County Commissioners have pledged $394,000 to keep the Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation from going broke, but the question is whether or not PART will be able to step in for the private company that’s bailing on the contract to provide county transportation services.
PART will have to adjust its operation somewhat to accommodate the riders with special needs (“Bus passes for Alzheimers’ patients? What can go wrong?” asks one source quoted by the Rhino.) I don’t doubt PART can do that, but the bottom line is public transportation is a money losing proposition —-that’s why the private contractor —-MV Transportation —is pulling out.
Commission Chair Skip Alston legitimately believes he’s crafted a win-win situation, but the reality is the county —and PART — will more than likely be traveling down this road again.
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