Newsday is right to call on Suffolk County to use $2 million in additional state transit funding for its intended purpose: more bus service ["Use $2M to test Sunday buses," Editorial, April 29].
Diverting this funding to plug the county's general fund deficit would be a drop in the bucket and could weaken Suffolk's position for future state transit funding. Expanding Sunday bus service would not only improve the lives of residents who do not drive, but also bolster Suffolk's economy. The American Public Transportation Association estimates that every dollar spent on public transportation adds $6 to the local economy.
Ryan Lynch, Manhattan
Editor's note: The author is the associate director for the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, a nonprofit advocacy organization.
Last Christmas, a time when there usually is heightened interest in the poor, the Welfare to Work Commission of the Suffolk County Legislature released a report, "Struggling in Suburbia: Meeting the Challenges of Poverty in Suffolk County." The report detailed the lives of Suffolk County's 200,000 working-poor residents, many of whom live in the 27,000 households in Suffolk without access to an automobile.
These are the home health aides or restaurant workers who, on Sundays, walk to work, pay expensive taxi fares that eat up their wages, or lose their jobs because they can't get to work.
Adopting this would be Christmas in May for working-poor people in Suffolk.
Richard Koubek, Dix Hills
Editor's note: The writer is chairman of the Welfare to Work Commission of the Suffolk County Legislature.