BC Transit Troubling Riders

By Brandi Devine

January 25, 2012 Updated Jan 26, 2012 at 12:36 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A recent change in the Broome County Transit schedule is leaving some riders angry.

Broome County made these changes as a way to cut costs under former County Executive Patrick Brennan.

Buses now stop at 8:40 p.m. instead of 9:30 p.m.. That leaves those who depend on the later bus to get home looking for alternatives.

"They need to put it back the way it was every half hour, now 8 o'clock, that's when they should make it every hour," said rider Tammy Scott.

For night students like CJ Wachters, the bus is his only way to and from school and work.

With his last class ending at 8:40 p.m., CJ misses his opportunity to ride the bus home.

"It's 10 o'clock at night and I'm walking down upper Front Street with the traffic. That's not why I pay for the bus pass," said Wachters.

"There are a lot of students that get out of class after the 8:30 mark so they really need to re-calibrate the way they do things," Wachters added.

According to Broome County Deputy Executive Bijoy Datta, that's exactly what the new administration is planning to do.

"We've actually had more than one person come to us and say, 'These transit changes are going to hurt me, I'm going to lose me job, or I can't get back from BCC after my last class,'" Datta said.

The executive's office said its working on making some immediate changes that won't affect the current budget, like extending the last stop to 9 p.m. Until then, the executive's office said it's doing it's homework and talking to people to decide the best way to adjust the schedule and still be cost effective.

The executive's office encourages people to voice their concerns, especially during open office hours each Tuesday from 9 to 11 a.m.

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