2020 Transit Forum postponed until further notice

Following is the text of a statement from BFAST Steering Committee Chair Doug Brown:

I regret to inform you that the 2020 Burlington Transit Users’ Forum,
scheduled for May 9, has been postponed. While no new date has been
set, we will examine holding the Forum this Fall when the picture
becomes more clear with regard to the COVID-19 virus.

In light of the Forum’s postponement, I especially want to take the
opportunity to thank all the staff of Burlington Transit for their
dedication and courage in keeping the system moving in this challenging
time.

This postponement is a disappointment to all of us, but we at BFAST
will continue to make submissions to City Council and staff to promote
continuing improvements to a transit system that was making excellent
progress in providing better service and significantly increasing
ridership before the virus hit.

We see three major issues for transit on the agenda now. The first is
to ensure that our City Council continues to support improvements to
the system. The second is to make Council aware that, while we support
the City’s efforts to develop a Climate Action Plan, its current
approach will worsen traffic congestion and not achieve the admirable
goals it sets forth. (I am attaching our brief to Council on this
issue.) The third is to participate in the development of the City’s
Integrated Mobility Program. To this end, we have been meeting
regularly with City staff to help ensure the Plan points us toward a
transit-oriented future.

Despite our disappointment in postponing the Transit Users’ Forum, we
are excited and optimistic about the medium-term prospects for transit
in Burlington and look forward to continued progress.

As always, if you have any questions, comments or contributions, we
would be happy to hear from you.

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