by Jordan Green

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Greensboro transportation director defends city’s transit system

Greensboro Transportation Director Adam Fischer responds to a recent Brookings Institute study ranking the Greensboro-High Point region 74th out of 100 in access to public transportation in a May 19 memo to his boss, City Manager Rashad Young.

“The study is clearly an invalid indicator of the state of transit in Greensboro,” Fischer opined, noting that the report considered a three-county area that includes rural areas with no fixed-route transit services. “Including this large rural area with no transit service severely skews any measure of transit services within the Greensboro service area.”

Fischer said Greensboro Transit Authority ridership growth over the past decade in North Carolina has been surpassed only by Chapel Hill’s transit system.

“By any measure, the story of transit in Greensboro since the 2002 adoption of the Mobility Greensboro Plan is one of the progressive improvement in service and of increased ridership and community utilization,” Fischer wrote. “The implementation record is extensive and includes opening the J. Douglas Galyon Depot (2003), implementation of the HEAT service (2006), expansion of the SCAT service citywide (2007), implementation of 30-minute headways system-wide (2007), establishment of Route 15 (2008), the extension of daytime routes to 11:30 p.m. (2009) and the establishment of various connector routes during this period.”