Elsmere residents rally to bring bus service back to area after hardships and safety concerns

05/29/2014 07:33 PM

ELSMERE – After 13 years of no public bus service in the heart of their city, Elsmere residents are hopeful that buses will once again make stops near them.

Currently, the only bus stops in the city are on on Dixie Highway, which is up to two miles away for many of the cities residents.

Elsmere resident Serena Owen has collected more than 500 signatures on a petition that she presented to Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky (TANK) officials requesting that they consider returning service to Elsmere.

The lack of bus service has caused hardships for many of the cities residents. It’s an economic issue for many who need transportation options for jobs. It’s a safety issue for others.

For instance, Owens‘ crusade is the result of a serious accident suffered by her husband last winter while he was trying to walk to the bus stop.

“He was walking in the street and when the cars came he tried to jump back onto the sidewalk to try to avoid the cars and he slipped and fell on the ice that was on the sidewalk. He slipped and fell and hit his head,” Owen said. “But, that’s him trying to access TANK bus service.”

Elsmere residents can keep track of the latest developments by liking the Friends of Elsmere Facebook page.

About Don Weber

Don Weber joined cn|2 when it launched back in May 2010 and soon became a reporter for Pure Politics. He is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University and has spent many years covering everything from politics to sports. Don says he loves meeting new people everyday as part of his job and also enjoys the fact that no two days are the same when he comes to work. Don Weber can be reached at donald.weber@charter.com.

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