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July 09, 2007


Chris Prevatt

I have to wonder if Seiler has ever ridden on an OCTA bus. Has he traveled to work by bus during commute times? Does he even have a clue as to how full these buses really are.

Yes, some of the feeder routes have lower numbers of riders, but for the most part, there is standing room only. I know this not because someone told me, rather I know this from personal experience.


We need to make sure our system effectively moves people around the county in a reasonably efficient manner. Having a system that does this will increase ridership and reduce taxpayer costs.

One Who Knows

As between the positions of Mr. Seiler and Mr. Prevatt, the truth, of course, is somewhere in the middle.

Sometimes the buses are standing room only, sometimes they have one or two passengers on them. It almost always depends upon the day of the week, the time of day and the location of the bus.

OC is what, the second or third most densely populated county in the state? It's something like that. Accordingly, a first rate public transportation is an absolute necessity if the workforce is going to get to and from their respective places of employment.

Of course for those who don't care about the health of the economy, then a first rate public transportation system is an expendable luxury.

It's really not more difficult than that.


While jitneys are nice, the problem is not state regulations... it's actually federal regulation, specifically the ADA that Republican Senator Bob Dole championed and Republican President George H.W. Bush signed. And for good reason, since folks in wheelchairs can board a bus just like anyone else, or call a taxi company and request a wheelchair cab stop at their house. But the ADA also requires that all public facilities be accessible, which presents an unreasonable demand to jitney operators to have their drivers handle the physically disabled.

In addition, you have the wonderful world of liability insurance to come into play. Most jitneys look like crap and can't afford all the liability insurance. California's only legal jitney operator, in the wonderfully liberal bastion of San Francisco, paid $18,000 in liability insurance a year in 1997, and that on a then-19 year old GMC van. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/1997/07/28/MN52459.DTL Could they meet OCTAP's demands of working air conditioning, seat belts, and rollable windows? Could they afford the liability insurance? Generally, insurance companies don't like you carrying strangers, or goods for hire. That is the real killer of the free market, not alleged government regulation.

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