Exactly what is the purpose of the community vans program that Intercity Transit supports? Is it a way to generate revenue by utilizing surplus vehicles? Is the purpose to reduce the number of vehicles on the roads in and around Thurston County? Is its purpose to reduce the consumption of fossil fuels by allowing small groups to share one vehicle instead of several?
My recent experience with this facet of IT has me wondering. I have been utilizing the services of IT for nearly five years as a rider and back-up driver in a van pool that travels daily between Olympia and Shelton. I will be rethinking my continued use.
Recently, I approached IT in hopes of securing a community van that would transport a group of 10 Cub Scouts on an expedition to Mount Rainier. Unfortunately, these scouts have the misfortune of presiding outside the limits of the Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater and Yelm. The fine print (that was not printed anywhere) says the group wishing to utilize the community van must be located in one of the aforementioned locations. Our scouts are based in Shelton.
I am feeling just a little discrimination based on where I choose to live. Perhaps Intercity Transit should discontinue all van pools that travel between Shelton and Olympia as well. The nine other people in my van pool all reside in or near Shelton. I am finding it hard to comprehend the difference. The Cub Scouts certainly can’t.