RideOn Bus No. 36 isn't expendable
By Maureen K. Appel
The Holy Child school community read with dismay about the severe cuts proposed for the Montgomery County budget, notably the elimination of several RideOn bus routes [“Leggett suggests 2nd set of cuts,” Metro, Jan. 8]. More dismayed were the many students and teachers from Holy Child school who rely on bus No. 36 — one of the lines to be cut — to come and go each day.
This is the only public transportation that drops off passengers at our school, and eliminating it will drastically affect those girls who have no other option. As one junior said the other day: “I don’t know how I’ll get to school.”
Although they pay a full complement of taxes, our private school families do not avail themselves of public education services. The least they should have is a way for their children to get to and from the facility where they are getting their education.
Moreover, in light of national efforts to encourage citizens to abandon their cars for the sake of the environment, it is counterproductive to be cutting back the very services that allow both youths and adults to develop these habits critical to our future.
On behalf of all those who rely on RideOn Bus No. 36 for education and employment, I urge the county to reconsider this cut to the budget.
The writer is headmistress of Connelly School of the Holy Child.
| January 19, 2010; 6:55 PM ET
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