The apparent decision at City Hall to steer the Got Wheels! transit program into oblivion is a too-hasty decision that will do more harm than good.
As is typically the case in hard times, it’s the public services to the middle- and low-income populations that take the biggest hit — elected officials tend to avoid making cuts to services that higher-income, more civically engaged constituents deem to be untouchable.
Unfortunately, most riders of Got Wheels! — a bus service set up to cart the city’s youth around town — can’t vote. And so when it comes down to budget-axing time, they stand little chance with their main competition in this case: BurbankBus riders. When cuts were proposed to that program, dozens of seniors stormed City Hall in protest. And since they comprise a steadfast voting demographic, guess what happened. Yep, officials went back to Got Wheels!