The best way for WAVE to combat the budget shortfall is to make it more rideable. The busses break down constantly, are almost ALWAYS late and are is deplorable condition, (i.e. dirty, seats ripped, drivers discourteous and rude, and favoritism shown towards certain riders (they can bring drinks and food, others can't).
Also, why don't UNCW students have to pay for the bus? They use it as do non-students, yet they ride free. If UNCW students ride free, why don't CFCC students get the same treatment?
My daughter rides the bus to CFCC downtown campus from Castle Hayne. The bus is breaking down often, is ripped and dirty rarely on time. The stops are often passed by without the driver even slowing down.
A bus system cannot expect to break even if the busses aren't reliable, on time or pleasant to ride. Only when WAVE corrects these problems should they even consider a rate increase or any other asistance. The current bus system is a severe black eye on the county.
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