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Letter: It’s a no-brainer

The weekend of the Green River Festival brought thousands of people to Greenfield. It was a no-brainer to provide them FRTA buses. I heard many compliments about how nice the service was. It’s time to build a bus system the people of Franklin County can use and appreciate. Time to expand service, providing transportation to the people who contribute to the local economy every day.

In a recent American Public Transportation Association survey, titled “Americans Support for Public Transportation,” nearly 74 percent of survey respondents agree that their tax dollars could and should be used to create, expand and improve public transportation in their community. This number is up from 2012’s 69 percent. According to another American Public Transportation Association’s report, individuals who ride public transportation instead of driving can save, on average, more than $811 a month and $9,728 annually. These savings are based on the cost of commuting by public transportation compared to the cost of owning and driving a vehicle and the national unreserved monthly parking rate.

The Center for Neighborhood Technology and the National Association of Realtors found that homes closer to public transit performed 42 percent better (in terms of resilience of property values) than those farther away. This finding was based on an analysis of home values in San Francisco, Phoenix, Boston, Chicago, and Minneapolis-St. Paul between 2006 and 2011, with the highest city being Boston.

Boost the economy and save the environment. Support Public Transit Service! Transportation Justice for Western Mass. (Franklin County).

RUSSELL FISHER

Northfield

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