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Tuesday, June 19, 2007


Bus service into and out of Coatesville could be put into jeopardy. See the Business Section of the Daily Local News on Wednesday.


Anonymous said...

Why is Hudson planning a citizen ralley at Coatesville City Hall?? That isn't the way to get the funding for the bus service. Every year, Krack and Jannsen had to do their research and GO TO Harrisburg to fight for the funding. Hudson needs to DO HIS JOB instead of crying "whoa me," and having others do it for him. Just goes to show that he doesn't know what his job is

June 20, 2007 9:20 AM  
Anonymous said...

The State funding may not be restored or replacement funding found the services will be shut down. The City of Coatesville is calling a RALLY on Tuesday June 26th at 6:30 pm at City Hall to send a clear message to Harrisburg that this elimination of the bus lines is unacceptable. Kirby Hudson, Assistant City Manager is requesting all municipalities and Burroughs and residents to please join us in the effort at the RALLY.

June 20, 2007 9:39 AM  
Anonymous said...

It seems odd to me that Walker is trying to get the Septa station in Coatesville opened, yet they are discontinuing bus service? Should we be focusing on the bus service first.

Second, for all those who bemoan the criticism of the adminstration for failing to do their job, let's remember that Kirby and Walker are being paid a combined $160000 a year and the best they can do is hold a rally at Cityt hall? Maybe if they weren't out drinking and losing their license they could drive to harrisburg and do some real lobbying.

This rally is nothing more than a farce to pretend like they care.

June 20, 2007 4:10 PM  
Anonymous said...

Why have a rally at CH at that time of day? Nobody will see them back there except the folks that attend. Make a parade out of it and go down route 30.

June 20, 2007 7:21 PM  
Anonymous said...

Kirby and Harry are afraid of going to Harrisburg to champion the causes of the City because they don't know what they're talking about and they depend upon citizens in the City to champion the causes of Coatesville for them. The folks in Harrisburg know fakes when they see them and Kirby and, expecially Harry, know this.

Kirby knows NOTHING about ANYTHING - remember his big speech about finding buyers for real estate to purchase land/buildings in the City to balance the budget with Harry earlier? That was Kirby's primary JOB! This guy didn't do his job because he's UNQUALIFIED! Now the City's in a huge financial hole - shouldn't Kirby be FIRED for not doing his job??? Does anyone know what Kirby's job really is??

Kirby and Walker are putting up a smoke screen, as they usually do, and want the citizens who pay THEM to do their work for them. Kirby and Walker are only interested in attending ribbon cuttings and parties and events in which they drink away their problems and get their pictures in the paper like they know what's going on.

Rallys are basically ignored in small municipalities if the municipal leaders and officials don't first appeal to the "powers that be" and represent the needs of the people to those at the state level first. Walker and Kirby should rent buses and take the rally to Harrisburg, if they can't first get an audience with those who can help make the real changes that the citizens need.

Let's face it, they don't know and don't care about the transportation fiasco. It's a publicity stunt for their supporters and for others who don't know any better. For these two and for others like them in the City, it's only about how much they can get in their paychecks.

June 22, 2007 10:09 PM  
Creighton Rabs said...


The decision to eliminate the Coatesville Link is not the city's; it's due to a lack of committment from Harrisburg for the Link and other services across the state which are funded by the "Job Access and Reverse Commute" (JARC) program. Coatesville isn't the only place that would be adversely impacted by a loss of JARC funding for transit services.

Also, the service, while supported by the city, is actually managed by the Transportation Management Association of Chester County (TMACC), and I can assure you, they are the ones who are doing the bulk of the lobbying in Harrisburg for preserving JARC funding. In short, there's really very little that Coatesville city government can do other than stay in the loop with TMACC, but the rally certainly didn't hurt.

The county (at least from what I read, I could be incorrect) is considering, if they haven't already, a financial committment to maintaining the Link and the SCCOOT bus in the southern part of the county). If that's the case, then at least someone is committed to maintaining critical transit services within the county and the city.

June 28, 2007 1:07 PM  

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