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2010-03-05 / Government / Neighborhood

Hyatt Park/Keenan Terrace Neighborhood Association

By Josh Cruse

With the elections for the Columbia City Council At–large seat a little over a month away, the Hyatt Park/Keenan Terrace Neighborhood Association members invited the candidates to their March 2 meeting for a debate. Because the bus system and transportation are an important issue for the city, a series of questions from the crowd centered around not only the bus system but bike routes as well.

Candidate Grant Robertson said, “I propose that we put advertisements on and in our buses as well as the bus stops and use the revenue generated from those ads to keep the buses running.”

Antonio Williams said Columbia needs to formulate a plan similar to Charlotte where state, city, and county join together to fund the bus system.

“Contrary to what some may believe,” Tameika Isaac Devine said, “the city and county are working together to come up with a solution to fund the bus system. The county is proposing to increase the sales tax by one cent, and the proposal will come up for voting by the citizens in November.”

The candidates were asked how they would make Columbia a more bike friendly place.

Williams said, “We need to take care of our streets, make them safer. We need a bike lane.”

Isaac Devine is in favor of educating motorists on the rules of the road as they pertain to bikers. She believes the lack of knowledge is what is currently causing a hazardous condition for bikers.

“We need complete streets,” Robertson suggests, “We need roads with bike lanes, roads with no pot holes, and to educate people on the modes of transportation.”

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