Free Shuttle Has Become Home For The Homeless - And Response

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Every day, according to their website, every 5 to 7 minutes you can catch a free Electric Shuttle and make it from one side of town to the other. What a great thing for the city and a great way for tourists to easily move around the city without paying for parking everywhere they go. The main issue is that it is free. I rode the bus the other day and could barely hold my nose hard enough from the alcoholic stench and body odor from the riders. The bus has turned into a free ride for the homeless. With winter coming and the cold weather as well it will only get worse.  

I would be more than willing to pay 25 or 50 cents to ride the bus. They need to do something about this.

According to Jim Bowen, with CARTA, at a Chamber event some of the monies made by the parking authority go towards the operation of the shuttle. There is not a possibility in the world that CARTA is a money-making business, it runs on grants and other donations as do most in the country.

The opportunity to make a little money on the electric shuttle and clean it up for the tourists can all be accomplished in one step. Twenty-five to 50 cents is not much, but the difference it would make would be unbelievable.

Mark Stephens 

* * * 

Granted, you're probably right about the stench of the homeless folks, it seems to me though, you could point the finger of accusation amongst the well to do, baby boomers suffering from Alzheimers/dementia, who are confused, don't take a bath ever so on and so forth, of which I poise the question, how do you think .25 or .50 cents would clean it up?  

You think CARTA can make a rule that bus riders have to pass a smell test before they can ride the bus? 

Donald DeWayne Woods
Knoxville


Process

My favorite TreeHugger once commented I'm a process sort of guy. One might suppose that's true, even though there are situations in which we must lower our center of mass to keep a firm base, lean forward, put our head down, grab a cheek in each hand and, like Teddy Roosevelt, scream "Charge! (but not with credit cards)" as we move forward con mucho gusto. However, unless one is ... (click for more)

City Pension Double Standard - And Response

Re: Chattanooga City Council OKs pension plan amendment 8-26-14 The Chattanooga City Council voted Tuesday to keep future retirees who are re-employed by the city from dipping into their current retirement while contributing to a new city pension. But first council members gave an exemption to two of their colleagues and one other city employee. Councilman Moses Freeman ... (click for more)

General Motors To Invest $185 Million In Engine Plant, Build New Cadillac SRX In Spring Hill

General Motors will invest $185 million to make small gas engines at its Spring Hill manufacturing complex, officials said Wednesday.  GM also identified the next-generation Cadillac SRX as a future mid-size vehicle to be produced at Spring Hill. “We want to congratulate GM on this important investment in its future in Spring Hill and Middle Tennessee,” Governor Bill Haslam ... (click for more)

Concurrent Grand Jury Says Mental Health Court Is On The Way

Members of the Concurrent Grand Jury said in a final report they have been advised that a Mental Health Court is on the way. The report says: "We were pleased to hear from some of our Judges that a mental health court is in the works. As stated in past reports, the need to have such a court is very clear. "We feel it would serve to break the cycle of arrest to those who are ... (click for more)

After String Of Injuries, Ailments Vols' Maggitt Ready To Play

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Come Sunday ,  it will have been 659 days since Curt Maggitt played a snap in a college football game, but that's not what he's concerned about. "It's four days from now," Maggitt said Wednesday. "That's what's most important. It's going to be emotional for sure. It's been a real long time since I've been out there and ran through the `T' actually suited ... (click for more)

Saturday's Sixteen: College Football Picks

  College football with all its pomp and pageantry is finally here with a long weekend of games starting tonight. SEC has two conference games as Arkansas visits Auburn and Texas A&M is at South Carolina … Georgia-Clemson should be a great game, Utah State could give Tennessee a battle and Louisiana Monroe will be waiting at home to beat Wake Forest. Here ... (click for more)