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Glad to see Rehoboth considering jitney service

February 14, 2020

My wife and I, longtime owners of a condo on the northern end of the Boardwalk, have been in favor of a downtown jitney type of transportation service for many years. We have expressed our ideas for this service to Lisa Schlosser and are glad to see that there is actually some consideration. 

We believe that, as with many new ideas, there is a need to consider the impact of possibly overreaching with a small circulator bus system. Rehoboth is always looking for ways to reduce traffic congestion in the center of the city, and a small van/bus service is certainly one option. 

We had envisioned the service route to encompass the length of the Boardwalk on First and Second streets with all buses moving to the circle on Rehoboth Avenue and back into town. 

This would allow most summer residents and visitors to leave their cars parked – wherever that may be – and use alternate transportation should it be needed. Whether due to mobility issues or a desire to frequent our many food and drink establishments in a carefree manner. 

This service should be self-funding by charging a small fee for its use, and perhaps a seasonal pass could be sold as well. The city might also want to consider running the service in-house rather than outsourcing. 

Also, start small and confined. We suspect that after a year or two, residents to the north will want the service expanded to their area, just as residents in the Georgetown neighborhood of D.C. now wish they had a subway stop after successfully blocking it years ago. 

Jim and Martha Feldman
Rockville, Md.

 

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