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Transit Complaints To Get Public Airing Saturday

Aired 5/11/12 on KPBS News.

City Heights residents frustrated over transit service, cost.

Education may be the key to ending poverty, but what happens when students can't get to school?

City Heights residents are holding a public forum tomorrow morning to express their frustrations over the cost of what they say is unreliable public transportation. The event will be from 10 a.m. to noon at 4071 39th Street, Metro Villas Community Room.

MTS and public officials, including City Councilmembers Marti Emerald, Todd Gloria, Carl DeMaio, and Congressman Bob Filner, will field the complaints.

Jeanette Neeley, is a member of a Community Advocacy Network for the Mid City area.

"We need to have more buses, cheaper bus passes, especially for our youth and our seniors, and the opportunity to get to the jobs," she said. "We also have a very high level of poverty, jobs are hard to get and if you can't get to the job, how are you gonna' feed your family?"

With a transit pass costing $72 a month, many City Heights residents are making choices between buying enough food, or paying for transportation, said Neeley.

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