THE BARBETT REPORT
By Ronnie Barbett
I wonder how many people, especially Madison’s homeless, know that it’s the Mayor and Common Council that should be thanked for the low-income bus passes that we receive. The funds to cover this great deal is available because of the contingent reserve fund. Madison Metro Transit makes available 300 passes a month (cost $58) at a cost of $27.50 to to homeless and low-income persons. At a recent meeting at the municipal building, a very important issue was solved. More bus passes, an additional 150 bring the total to 450, are now available. The discounted 31-day pass is a God-send, but it was revealed to Chuck Kemp of Metro Transit at the homeless issue committee meeting that $27.50 was much more than a homeless person can afford and hopefully Metro would consider some sort of discount better suited for homeless people.