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Increased transit services for elderly, disabled sought at IVAG meeting

February 16, 2001|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

Increased transit services to the elderly, the disabled and for students at Imperial Valley College were the most common requests at a public hearing on transit issues Thursday before the Imperial Valley Association of Governments regional council.

El Centro resident George McFaddin said he's concerned about the safety of people who get off the bus at the corner of Fourth Street at Wake Avenue and have to walk to the new Social Security Administration office toward the end of Wake Avenue. He said many of the customers use walkers and canes.

"I just think it's sad that the bus can't go down Wake Avenue and go to the cul-de-sac," McFaddin said. "We were hoping they could change the bus stop and come down to that area."

Others requested the bus line deliver people closer to the new building.

SunLine Transit Agency senior long-range transportation analyst Leslie Grosjean said the company was not aware that the Social Security office had moved and that to change a route is not an easy thing to do.


Westmorland City Councilman Henry Halcon asked that Dial-a-Ride services be expanded in the North County area for those with trouble walking. He said he will also approach the Brawley City Council with his request and knows there will be a cost associated with any expansion of service.

"It's workable, it's doable," he said. "I think we can get it done."

Calexico resident Arnold Alvarez, representing the El Centro-based Work Training Center, asked that transit services for seniors be expanded throughout the Imperial Valley to ensure they can get to medical appointments and to pharmacies.

Westmorland resident Martha Cruz said many residents in that Northend city use walkers and canes to help them get around.

"I would like to stress that Westmorland is in dire need of Dial-a-Ride services," she said. "If we had Dial-a-Ride they would be able to get to their appointments and not have to walk down the street."

A number of people asked for increased bus service to and from Imperial Valley College to all of the Valley's cities, especially a 10 p.m. bus from the college that was cut.

In the end, only testimony was heard, and the IVAG regional council will further discuss the issue at its next meeting March 22.

Staff Writer Rudy Yniguez can be reached at 337-3440.

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