Henry Harbor is a great forum for Shreveport/Bossier residents to discuss local issues and there is one issue in particular that has been on my mind for the last several years.
The Sportran bus stop situation.
What situation, you ask? Don’t worry, I’m about to tell you about it. The fact that people who ride the bus have to stand in the scorching HOT heat or the rain or the slush (since I don’t refer to anything that happens here as snow) appalls me. Some of the bus stops have covers. Why don’t all of the bus stops have covers? How much could it possibly cost to cover them? Have you ever tried to sit on a bench at 4 in the afternoon in the middle of a Shreveport summer? I don’t recommend it. And is it not testament enough that people are making the effort to get to work, school, the grocery store, etc. and they are subject to the weather coming and going because our city can’t cover the bus stops? I mean really, not everyone has a car. I wish I knew how many people make the daily effort to live productive lives in spite of not owning a car.
I remember when I used the bus for transportation. Have you ever taken public transportation to a interview job? Let me tell you all about it. It was the spring of 2012. I would walk to the bus stop. The bus stop was almost never close to where I was coming from. I would usually get there about 15 minutes early, because though there is a bus “schedule,” the bus almost never comes when it says it is coming. So I’m out there, exposed to the elements, waiting for roughly 15 minutes. Yeah, it’s not technically summer yet but by time the bus comes I’m completely covered in sweat. My hair is wet, my underarms have those unsightly wet rings, other places I dare not mention are suffering as well. I no longer smell like I just got out of the shower. I smell more like I haven’t had a shower in a week. Whatever time I spent fixing my hair or putting on my makeup is wasted at this point and I’m only at the beginning of my journey. Are you going to give a sweaty, stinky woman a job? I’ll leave you to ponder that while I continue my argument.
The point I am trying to make is that using the city bus to get around is already uncomfortable enough. Could we not, as a community, take up collections or use tax dollars or SOMETHING and at least provide shelter for people who are using our city’s bus system? I have no idea why this bothers me, but every single time I drive through our city and see people sitting out there in the direct sunlight or rain, I am infuriated. I want to go build the covers myself and go on a mission to install them. I know that can’t be the answer though. The city has to be the answer. What can be done here? I guess the point is that I have questions…
So Shreveport, what can be done?
My name is Jennifer Griffin and I am a Shreveport native. I work a full time job as a legal assistant to three local attorneys. I am 28-years-old and would love nothing more than to watch Shreveport evolve into something more beautiful as I grow older.