Expanding the Fairbanks North Star Borough bus system out to Salcha and to the Van Horn Road area of South Fairbanks would seem to be a good move. People in those areas have asked for it, borough employees have studied it, and the federal government is providing 100 percent funding for three years.
All that’s left is for the Borough Assembly to approve it, which it could do — and should do — when it meets this week.
We all know that’s it tough to get Americans out of their cars and trucks and into mass transit, but the down economy and the price of gas are getting more people into public transportation. The American Public Transportation Association reports that ridership is up across the country.
“... from Chicago, where the Chicago Transit Authority added more than 300,000 riders in the first quarter of the year — enough to fill Wrigley Field more than six times over — to Olympia, Wash., where Intercity Transit has witnessed record level fixed-route ridership in three of the first five months of the year,” the group reported in June.
More people in Fairbanks want to ride the bus, too.
Residents want these new routes, and it looks like it makes good sense for the borough to proceed.