KOLD Channel 13 just confirmed what TCFC has been reporting for months, that Crime on the Free Crime Bus is out of control and no-one feels safe. The FREE Crime bus is one of many failed policies supported by Mayor Romero, Councilmembers Lane Santa Cruz, Kevin Dahl, Paul Cunningham, Steve Kozachick and Nikki Lee.
When we reported this months ago, Councilmembers and Mayor Romero mocked TCFC members, publicly, at their council-meeting and then voted to extend the free bus 6 more months. Now, finally the media is paying attention and confirms what we have been reporting. Read for yourself. Nothing has improved under this Mayor and Council, and is only getting worse as demonstrated by KOLD 13 and the bus drivers and passengers.
MAYOR ROMERO continues to say: "There is no problem. It's Ludicrous!"
In 2022 Mayor and Council paid for a third-party survey and nearly 50% of riders were subsidized, WE SUPPORT THAT! BUT, the bus should not be free for all. Once again, we support subsidizing those that qualify. We do not support a free bus that is dangerous for drivers and passengers and moves crime and drugs throughout our community.
Mayor and Council are getting ready to spend our money they don't have, to support this unneeded service, permanently, in the next month or two.
Another Quote from the third-party survey:
LESSONS LEARNED "As free fares had been implemented during the time the study was
conducted, more passengers were observed using transit without a
specific trip purpose than what is typically observed when fares
are being collected. ... Survey staff felt unsafe at
times due to some of these newer riders and incidents did occur
CLICK HERE: 2022 Sun Tran Survey