Transit ridership up, funding up in t...

Transit ridership up, funding up in the air - Ruidoso News

There are 25 comments on the Ruidoso News story from May 10, 2011, titled Transit ridership up, funding up in the air - Ruidoso News. In it, Ruidoso News reports that:

Fueled in part by the increase in gasoline prices, Lincoln County Transit saw a dramatic increase in ridership this year, Patricia DeSoto told county commissioners last week during a Fiscal Year 2011-2012 budget session.

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In Waiting

Ruidoso, NM

#1 May 11, 2011
Lincoln County Transit is a wonderful service that is very useful and very much in need. I hope funding works out because it is a service that I use and I see many on the bus that need the service. It is not just about liking the freedom, it is about surviving and being a productive member of society.
Kupcake

Alto, NM

#2 May 11, 2011
In Waiting wrote:
Lincoln County Transit is a wonderful service that is very useful and very much in need. I hope funding works out because it is a service that I use and I see many on the bus that need the service. It is not just about liking the freedom, it is about surviving and being a productive member of society.
HIgh Five to you! It seems that the Commission working so hard for Carrizozo and Capitan that they can't see the big picture. Providing PUBLIC transportation for the citizens and helping to feed our hungry is a key element in contributing to the quality of life for your citizens. The Commission seems to put these people in some sort of catagory like "Mooches,Rejects,Bottom of the barrel", citizens. How sad !!!!Lincoln County Transits benefits so much to the community. They help with evacuations, the have food drives, they reive the traffic congestion in town, provide the ability for employers to ensure staff can get to work, elderly and disabled can get to medical, shopping, and recreation, and it will only continue to improve. Once they get the fixed route in operation you will see the tourist utilizing the service and alot more of the citizens switching to PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION. With gas at $4.00 a gallon, how can you afford not to!!!
interested

United States

#3 May 11, 2011
Kupcake wrote:
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HIgh Five to you! It seems that the Commission working so hard for Carrizozo and Capitan that they can't see the big picture. Providing PUBLIC transportation for the citizens and helping to feed our hungry is a key element in contributing to the quality of life for your citizens. The Commission seems to put these people in some sort of catagory like "Mooches,Rejects,Bottom of the barrel", citizens. How sad !!!!Lincoln County Transits benefits so much to the community. They help with evacuations, the have food drives, they reive the traffic congestion in town, provide the ability for employers to ensure staff can get to work, elderly and disabled can get to medical, shopping, and recreation, and it will only continue to improve. Once they get the fixed route in operation you will see the tourist utilizing the service and alot more of the citizens switching to PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION. With gas at $4.00 a gallon, how can you afford not to!!!
So what happens when the county doesn't contribute? Do the other two entities have to make up the counties portion?
on the stump

United States

#4 May 11, 2011
There is only three industries that benefits from the transit system. the race track, the race track casino, the Indian casino, and walmart.
Yes it does help poor people get to the casinos to spend their money instead of paying their water bills.
The City of Ruidoso Downs has people who do not pay their water bills to the tune of over 16,000.00 plus late charges, If I was a gambling man I would bet that the biggest part of them ride the transit to the casinos.
The Downs now pays 28,000.00 a year plus the 16,000.00 in unpaid water bills to keep the transit going., IT IS TIME FOR THE DOWNS TO GET OUT OF THE TRANSIT BUSINESS AND THEN MAYBE THEY WOULKD NOT HAVE TO RAISE TAXES AND COST OF SERVISES TO PAY THEIR BILLS.

Since: Aug 10

Alto, NM

#5 May 11, 2011
You are so very wrong. Patti Desoto can prove it with her log sheets . In fact I think I will call her and have her tally all of the destinations she covers. Taking people to the casinos will be on the list but not the top. You will find doctors, banks, restaurants, and places of employment on the top. In fact, most of the trips to the casino are for employment. You need to get off your STUMP and find some other soap box.You do not know your facts and you preach like you do. Stay tuned for actual verified data. Then who are you gonna blame it on....

Since: Aug 10

Alto, NM

#6 May 11, 2011
That is correct and the citizens in Capitan and Carrizozo will suffer. IT will not force Transit to close because there are those that know how important it is. Its really sad the County has issues with supporting the Transit System. Even if they cant afford to fund it they could at least promote the positive things it does for the citizens. Instead they bash it into the ground every chance they get. Its really just two commissioners that hate Transit and bash it. That would be Minter and Powell. Why cant they just say we cant afford it or we have other needs to fulfill. But to make judgement on the riders that use it is unacceptable for a commissioner of their caliber. How childish and thoughtless is that. Who are they to judge who needs a ride simply because they dont have a vehicle, are disabled, or and elder, or just want to save money with fuel at its current price. So Sad , So very sad we have people like this as leaders of the County.

Since: Aug 10

Alto, NM

#7 May 11, 2011
interested wrote:
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So what happens when the county doesn't contribute? Do the other two entities have to make up the counties portion?
Yes, Ruidoso Downs and The Village of Ruidoso.
TCB

Alto, NM

#8 May 11, 2011
Kupcake wrote:
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HIgh Five to you! It seems that the Commission working so hard for Carrizozo and Capitan that they can't see the big picture. Providing PUBLIC transportation for the citizens and helping to feed our hungry is a key element in contributing to the quality of life for your citizens. The Commission seems to put these people in some sort of catagory like "Mooches,Rejects,Bottom of the barrel", citizens. How sad !!!!Lincoln County Transits benefits so much to the community. They help with evacuations, the have food drives, they reive the traffic congestion in town, provide the ability for employers to ensure staff can get to work, elderly and disabled can get to medical, shopping, and recreation, and it will only continue to improve. Once they get the fixed route in operation you will see the tourist utilizing the service and alot more of the citizens switching to PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION. With gas at $4.00 a gallon, how can you afford not to!!!
If it was profitable it would already be provided by a private company, there is no more surplus monies to provide these entitlements, let me say it again so the gimmie ppl can get it NO MORE MONEY
interested

United States

#9 May 11, 2011
KUPCAKE wrote:
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Yes, Ruidoso Downs and The Village of Ruidoso.
So now they will have to donate $37,500.00 each, to keep the transit going?

Since: Aug 10

Alto, NM

#10 May 11, 2011
interested wrote:
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So now they will have to donate $37,500.00 each, to keep the transit going?
If they want to run at the same service level they will have to half the match money that is required by the grant. I wish I could say they could. It would help if the County would just take responsibility for one line item but they have three commissioners that hate transit. So Transit is having to cut services by less service hours and staffing. This doesnt seem to stop Mrs. Desoto from seeking local funds to replace as much of the counties lack of funding this Public Service. She will continue to strive for better service and will continue to look for local funding. The STUMP is just down right mean when it comes to PUBLIC service programs. Dont kid yourself either, she signs in under many different names.The point is, Transit is here to stay and even if it comes down to one vehicle and a bare bones budget then that is what they will work with. The ridership has multiplied threefold since the day it opened. That tells me that this is a service that is utilized because it is needed. I just know how many citizens depend on this service just for a chance to become a productive citizen which in turn provides a better quality of life.

Since: Aug 10

Alto, NM

#11 May 11, 2011
TCB wrote:
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If it was profitable it would already be provided by a private company, there is no more surplus monies to provide these entitlements, let me say it again so the gimmie ppl can get it NO MORE MONEY
Well it was made clear from the beginning this would never be a profitable service. For you to refer to those that want to continue this service and strive to help the citizens with such a valuable service as "GIMMIE PEOPLE" you are showing your ingnorance. Believe me , they understand YOU. You have made it real clear to all citizens of Lincoln County how little you regard the programs that seem to help and give them the edge they need to overcome a crisis or downfall in their lives. You refuse to help the Food Bank and Transit not to mention the ones I am not aware of yet. But, I bet the humane society got funded to improve the quality of stray or lost animals that need help.....Lets see...Humans vs Animals.... Not fair !!!

Since: Aug 10

Alto, NM

#12 May 12, 2011
I have noticed recently that on each post I make, within minutes its judged with a SPAM, DISAGREE, or clueless. Now, I cant swear to it but If its who I think it is, it would be so much more professional to let others speak their opinion or share their knowledge on the subject. I can assure all of the bloggers on this subject I am very aware of the rules and regs with this service and would never post something if I wasnt absolutely sure of the details. So lets play nice. Deal??
on the stump

United States

#13 May 12, 2011
As a citizen of the Downs I will never let up until I see the transit closed or it paying for it's self.
As long as the Downs keeps wanting to raise taxes and the cost of services such as water rates and sewer Then I will protest the taking of it's citizens money and getting nothing in return.
IT IS TIME FOR THE DOWNS TO CUT WASTE AND THE TRANSIT IS NOTHING BUT WASTE FOR THE DOWNS.
Jake

Ruidoso, NM

#14 May 13, 2011
I had the occasion to use the Lincoln county transit. I called the day before to be picked up at a repair shop in the Downs. They arrived on time with 2 other passengers. We then picked up another. Then dropped off the other 3 and myself. I give it 2 thumbs up. It is a useful and necessary public trans. service.

Since: Aug 10

Alto, NM

#15 May 13, 2011
on the stump wrote:
As a citizen of the Downs I will never let up until I see the transit closed or it paying for it's self.
As long as the Downs keeps wanting to raise taxes and the cost of services such as water rates and sewer Then I will protest the taking of it's citizens money and getting nothing in return.
IT IS TIME FOR THE DOWNS TO CUT WASTE AND THE TRANSIT IS NOTHING BUT WASTE FOR THE DOWNS.
YOU ARE JUST ONE MEAN SOUL...I PRAY FOR YOU TO NEVER NEED ASSISTANCE OF ANY TYPE.
Cope

Meridian, ID

#16 May 13, 2011
What kind of place is LC that cuts off money to the most needy then gives money to hubbard.
Huh

Ruidoso, NM

#17 May 13, 2011
The people did not cut off money to the needy, majority of the members of the County Commission did. The people supported the new tax to keep the track in Lincoln County, most of the current members of the County Commission did not.

What are we to take from this? That the county commission does not support the less fortunate or economic development.
Cope

Meridian, ID

#18 May 13, 2011
Huh wrote:
The people did not cut off money to the needy, majority of the members of the County Commission did. The people supported the new tax to keep the track in Lincoln County, most of the current members of the County Commission did not.
What are we to take from this? That the county commission does not support the less fortunate or economic development.
That not true they voted to pay for the election,If they really did not want it they should not have paid for the election.They knew that the pro tax people had all the money to run an election as far as newspapers and other forms of advertising .In fairness to the poor I guess the County Commission should give the people a vote on this matter too.I see the point you are making I should have been better at explaining what I meant.
Huh

Ruidoso, NM

#19 May 13, 2011
Cope wrote:
<quoted text>That not true they voted to pay for the election,If they really did not want it they should not have paid for the election.They knew that the pro tax people had all the money to run an election as far as newspapers and other forms of advertising .In fairness to the poor I guess the County Commission should give the people a vote on this matter too.I see the point you are making I should have been better at explaining what I meant.
Sorry but only one person on the current commission voted for the election. Remember, we had an election last November? The members who voted to support these charities in the past are no longer on the commission.
I Believe

Goodyear, AZ

#20 May 13, 2011
Safe Ride and Senior Citizens provides a van for the community!

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