CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) — Residents in a Charlotte neighborhood are planning to rally for Sunday bus service.
“These people out here that’s on disability, who are struggling, who are homeless, they need food and stuff like that, and they can’t get to the store because of this bus. CATS, they need to step it up,” said one area resident.
CATS bus route 204 runs Monday through Saturday but bus riders say no service on Sunday is costing them in more ways than one.
“We’re all locked in here. If someone can’t give you a ride you don’t go anywhere,” said Randy Wallace, a disabled veteran who says he struggles to get to the grocery store and even work due to the lack of bus service.
“It’s a 45 minute walk up to just to go to Food Lion or CVS to get medication you know for something and it’s just a big inconvenience all the way around. I’ve lost a job over this and crossing Brookshire is very, very dangerous,” Wallace said.
Annonda Pam Reide knows all too well how dangerous it can be. She’s also a veteran and gives rides to her neighbors who would otherwise have to cross seven lanes of traffic to get to another bus.
“My son’s father got hit up there 2 years ago and he went up in the air and came down on his face,” Reide told FOX 46.
For months she’s been shuttling people to and from work, appointments, and the grocery store.
“I try my best to help them get from point A to point B so they won’t be stranded,” she said.
Wallace says he’s raised this issue at CATS’ main office several times, but so far, nothing has changed.
“You know I’ve written out memorandums and they said they’d get back to me and never did,” he said.
A CATS spokesperson says due to low Saturday ridership they aren’t offering Sunday service along route 204 and said they will monitor and evaluate route 204 once the planned changes for the Blue Line take effect. The rally is planned from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on Sunday.