To the editor: The Fairbanks North Star Borough has a relatively high aging population. There are many drivers among the older set. Unfortunately for me, I lost my right to drive due to a stroke in July. I now rely on friends or the borough’s Van Tran for transportation. Sometimes, neither alternate is available. When I have had Van Tran rides, I have been the only passenger along with my walker, which occupies a separate seat in the van. I also have had the experience of waiting and waiting and no Van Tran vehicle comes or it comes too late to meet my need.
Has a News-Miner reporter ever explored the possible rising need for Van Tran services among local older and even younger disabled residents? Perhaps the News-Miner might write an informative story on how Van Tran is used throughout good-weather weekdays.
It may also be time for the borough administration to investigate the Van Tran situation. Should more Van Tran vehicles be purchased so they will be available and on time when needed? It is not a viable borough service if no vehicle can pick up the requesting rider or if the rider is picked up too late to be on time for a scheduled appointment.
Rosalie E. L’Ecuyer