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All GRTC bus stops need benches

Letters to the editor

6/7/2019, 6 a.m.
Re “GRTC ridership up 17%” Free Press May 23-25 edition: It’s all well and fine that GRTC ridership is up ...

Re “GRTC ridership up 17%” Free Press May 23-25 edition:

It’s all well and fine that GRTC ridership is up 17 percent. But I noticed that many of the bus stops have nowhere for the riders to sit while waiting for the bus. Many of the riders are elderly and have to stand up until the bus arrives. This should not be for people of any age, but especially the elderly.

If GRTC has a bus stop at a particular location, there should be benches available for the riders to sit and wait for the bus.

My question is why are some locations equipped with benches while many others are not? 

If you ride around the city, you see potential riders leaning against poles, fences, etc., until their bus arrives.

GRTC might try to counteract this by saying everyone should know the bus schedule. I would respond by saying some people like to arrive a little early so they will not miss their bus.

There is no excuse for this negligence. The situation needs to be rectified. I hope GRTC will move expeditiously to solve this problem.

ERNEST PARKER JR.

Richmond