As many reader know I used to be on the Nevada County Transportation Commision, but was bared from being on the Transit Services Commision, which manages public transit funding in Nevada County, as I kept asking some of the questions raised by Jeff Ackerman, The Union Editor/Publisher, in his weekly column today. Public transit in a rural community will never pencil out, so the tax payers get to pay for every empty seat on the Gold County Stage. Be sure to wave when you see your tax dollars rolling by.
Jeff was also upset about the $1 million cost of the new transfer station, however this was the paragraph in his column that caught my attention. (my emphais added)
If you've seen drawings of the proposed bus stop (they are calling it a transfer station, which is pretty much the same as a bus stop, but more elaborate), it's very nice. It has a roof, wheelchair ramp and a place for a bus or two to park. It even has some grass out front and a place to go potty while you wait for the bus. The restroom is 20-feet-by-10-feet with a 12-foot wheelchair ramp sitting on 1.4 acres.
No the public cannot use the restrooms to go potty. The ADA compliant restrooms were only for the drivers to use. The public will be locked out of these spacious ADA compliant rooms. Why you ask? The County and Grass Valley could not come to an agreement on who was to keep any public restrooms clean. So, the solution was to keep the public out of the restrooms, let them walk across the street and use the Holiday Inn restrooms.
Exit Question: Are you comfortable with how your tax dollars are being spend on world class restrooms, and then being locked out?