“To oppose corruption in government is the highest obligation of patriotism.”
Submitted by Name: Observer From: Madison
Comments: Police or Sheriff going west on Main at incredible speed. No matter what the emergency, the risk of creating another one seems ill advised.
Added: November 30, 2015 09:05:30 PM
Submitted by Name: Catch a scam
Comments: Some of the riders may be elderly but many are drunks who don't have a license anymore and can't get around and a few disabled. I don't have a problem helping anybody even if it's a drunk we are better off without those types trying to drive. My problem is its not reliable daily transportation. Not only can't you catch a ride if work nights or weekends or evenings you can't catch a ride if you don't call days in advance and they won't pick you up if youlive far out I the I u th because they "don't have time." I have a friend that lost his drivers license and was working evenings and had to quit because of no way to work since laying a taxi ate up most of his daily pay.
Yhe city and county would be better off paying taxi fare for disabled and elderly than catch a ride. Finally mYbe I'm confided but TARC is based in Louisville and doesn't drive this far. The new program with Amazon doesn't come up here either. Too bad- it'd be better taking a shuttle for an extra hour either way then working for the $8.50 at local plants as temporary help.
Added: November 30, 2015 07:17:05 PM
Submitted by Name: Solutions
Comments: There is already a solution in existence that can provide shared transportation for Amazon employees
On September 9, 10 & 11 the Ticket to Ride and TARC marketing teams met with employees and leaders at the Amazon fulfillment center on Patrol Road in Jeffersonville. Ticket to Ride’s commuter program allows employees to drastically reduce the cost of getting to and from work, increasing employee satisfaction while also providing many benefits to companies.
About 120 Amazon employees stopped and talked with Ticket to Ride and TARC representatives during the day shift and night shift lunch breaks over the three day period. They asked about different ways to get to work, such as carpooling, vanpooling and TARC. Eligible employees also signed up for the Ticket to Ride Guaranteed Ride Home program. If you’re in a Carpool, Vanpool, Bikepool or ride TARC and an emergency happens, Guaranteed Ride Home through Ticket To Ride will reimburse you 80% of the cost of your taxi ride including tip, up to 100 miles. You may use the Guaranteed Ride Home service up to four times a year.
The meetings were successful in learning the needs of the workers at Amazon. Ticket-to-Ride and TARC hope to meet once each quarter with Amazon to educate people and to continue to interest them in our services.
Added: November 30, 2015 12:27:29 PM
Submitted by Name: Larry Henry
Comments: The City gives Lifetime Resources $23,850 dollars a year. I believe the County does the same but I don't have those numbers in my files. Hopefully someone else does.
Catch-A-Ride operates 6a-6PM Monday thru Friday according to their website. There are 10 holidays where they do not operate.
Added: November 30, 2015 10:47:40 AM
Submitted by Name: never use it
Comments: Catch a Ride gets about half of it's annual million dollar plus budget from the feds. They only generate around $100,000 a year in fares. The rest is from state and local taxes. Last year they dropped Jennings county completely for lack of use and they have dropped in riders a whopping 30% overall. Most riders are older or disabled. The trend does not speak to it's continued survival.
Added: November 30, 2015 09:56:23 AM
Submitted by Name: Get the numbers
Comments: Catch a ride stinks. That's why the college had its own shuttle service now. As far as public transportation I'm all for that but catch a ride is a private not for profit that different counties and cities pay tax money to but don't get any results back. Ask yoder catch a rides number of trips and you'll see for yourself. They aren't real upfront about them but it's easy to see that they aren't "public" transportation. They don't even run on weekends. People would scream if they really knew how little this group did compared to how much it cost.
Added: November 30, 2015 06:09:36 AM
Submitted by Name: mike From: madison
Comments: WATCHER go to 56-62 west of hanover set there from 5-7 am and watch 3-4 hundred some more then 2-3 people in them head south for c-town jeff new albney to go to work I wonder how much longer be four the big places in town have to start paying people more money to stay in town to work befor long there work force will be all dope heads - drunks
Added: November 30, 2015 04:54:49 AM
Submitted by Name: watcher
Comments: As an afterthought, Amazon HR could be willing to give a number of Jefferson County employees. It would have to start with some numbers to decipher.
Added: November 30, 2015 12:05:53 AM
Submitted by Name: watcher
Comments: I posted that information simply to show that our existing system that covers several counties exists only because of government. As far as a shuttle to Amazon or the industrial park goes, I'm all for that too if someone can pull it off. That particular idea is a good one and could even be a small profit in there with enough subscribers to the shuttle service. You can make some money if not running a couple people all over 5 counties. It would be interesting to know exactly how many bodies leave this county to commute there. My suspicion is something over a hundred but less than 200, who knows? Catch a Ride surely could preform that task if they could service Clark county to the business park.
Added: November 30, 2015 12:03:02 AM
Submitted by Name: Wayne Engle From: Madison, IN E-mail: Contact
Comments: Ever notice how nearly everyone who denounces public transportation's receiving various government subsidies, has a vehicle of their own? Would you be so off-handedly critical of Catch-A-Ride if YOU needed their services, as many in this community do? People ride the buses to work; they ride them to doctors' appointments; they ride them to retail stores where they spend their money, helping to keep the community going. If you do any research about public transportation the world over, you'll find that a huge majority of such companies get government subsidies. Why? Because if they had to charge high enough fares to come out financially, most of the people who ride them, could not afford to. There are more people than you think in this area who do not have their own transportation, for a variety of reasons. Think about that before you condemn public transportation.