Some Seniors Don't Want Free Rides

Free off-peak transportation on buses and trains in Connecticut has generated interest and support, but some seniors would prefer that greater funding be devoted to existing dial-a-ride services that are already in place across the state.

"Senator Donald E. Williams, the president pro tem of the Connecticut State Senate, introduced a measure now before the state's General Assembly that would let elderly residents ride free on trains and buses during off-peak hours."

"Yet the Connecticut chapter of AARP is not lobbying for the free ride - "It wasn't our proposal," said John Erlingheuser, the group's advocacy director - preferring that the money to go toward shoring up a different program already in place."

"That, and the opposition of a statewide commuter organization, has not stopped Mr. Williams...from pressing ahead on the measure which would cost the state an estimated $9.7 million a year."

"For now, Senator Williams shows little sign of retreating. In his view, offering the state's 480,000 elderly residents a powerful incentive to board buses and trains is "a natural idea" that helps maintain the independence of people who have given up driving and eases traffic congestion."

"In addition, he said that by having more elderly residents using the trains and buses, "We build a stronger and more powerful constituency for improvement and expansion of public transportation."

Thanks to D. A. Varnado, AICP

Full Story: Cool Reception for Plan to Let Elderly Ride Free


Prepare for the AICP* Exam

Join the thousands of students who have utilized the Planetizen AICP* Exam Preparation Class to prepare for the American Planning Association's AICP* exam.
Starting at $245
AICP CTP Storefont Display

The first online AICP* CTP exam prep class

Are you ready to take the AICP* Certified Transportation Planner exam?
Priced at $245 for May exam!

City Coasters

Hand-drawn engraved maps of your favorite neighborhoods are divided up across 4 coasters making each one unique.
Book cover of the Guide to Graduate Planning Programs 4th Edition

Thinking about Grad School?

New! 4th Edition of the Planetizen Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs just released.
Starting at $24.95