Monday, March 24, 2008

You own the government, not the other way around (my Omnitrans post)

Sometimes we think of "the government" as some nasty thing out to control us, but we need to remember that, unless we abdicate our responsibility (as we often do), we actually control the government.

Matt Munson reminded us of this truth in his post on Omnitrans, the local bus service that serves Ontario and points west. This is what he said:

A reader was bemoaning the lack of understanding on how routes get added or adjusted in western San Bernardino county’s public transportation system....

[T]here are solutions in how things could improve when there are future changes to their route system.

Attend meetings when the agency invites for public input and explain why the route needs to keep its original routing. Tell your friends and family to try the bus system to get to the Inland Valley’s various destinations such as the Victoria Gardens or the Pomona Antique Mall.

I'll confess that I haven't even been on an Omnitrans bus in 20+ years, and I've never attended an Omnitrans meeting. So I'm part of the problem.

But heck, you don't even have to go to a meeting. You can submit ideas online.

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