Metro has apparently decided to cancel a bus route, the No. 48, that the agency says is losing $147,917 a year.
Ms. Falkenberg rushed to Pleasantville, a "quiet, aging, historically black hamlet known for its active civic club and voting precinct" -- and found that No. 48 serves an 85-year-old widow, cancer survivor, and "former River Oaks housekeeper" who really needs the bus.
Not to mention a fellow Pleasantville resident, 75; "a worker at a Heights funeral home, a clerk for HISD, a contractor on his way to a job in Missouri City, and two home health providers who . . . care for patients in Pleasantville"; and "a minister and retired bricklayer in a plaid flannel jacket." (Lisa Falkenberg, "Human equation absent from this calculation," Houston Chronicle, December 15, 2011)
This is an interesting and legitimate story. Good for Ms. Falkenberg in doing the legwork. Government actions have real human consequences that should not be ignored.
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