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 

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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



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