Government / Politics

COG to Hold Public Transit Meetings

The meetings will be held in both San Juan Bautista and Hollister.

Council of San Benito Governments (COG) will be hosting a series of Public Transit Meetings in an effort to hear from the public about any transit-related needs that are not being met by the current systems.  

"Our goal is to have an open forum for the public to help us identify areas where our transit systems may better serve the public," said COG executive director Mary Gilbert. "Following the meetings we consider all the testimony and comments that we receive, and review each to make a determination as to whether it is feasible to implement them, based on criteria established by the Council of Governments." 

A series of public meetings will be held over a three day period both in Hollister and San Juan Bautista.  According to Gilbert, staff will be present at the meeting at Jovenes de Antano on Feb. 13 and in San Juan Bautista on Feb.14  to "talk with the public and answer questions while taking testimony." On Feb. 15 the COG Board will be present to hear the full testimony collected over the two days. 

Feb. 13 – Jovenes de Antano, Hollister 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.  

Feb. 14 – Vertigo Coffee, San Juan Bautista 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 

Feb 15. – San Benito County Board of Supervisors Chambers, Hollister  3:00 p.m.- 3:30 p.m.  

"Ultimately we appreciate this annual opportunity to speak to the public and hear about transit needs. In past years, we have been able to make 'quick fixes' to some issues, like better markings at a bus stop, in response to comments we receive," Gilbert said. 

She added, "We have also used other comments when we developed extended service to Gilroy in 2016 and 2017.  While funding limits our ability to accommodate all requests received, it’s a great chance to reevaluate where our operations funding can best be used." 

For more information about the Public Transit meetings see PDF attachments below.

Laura Romero

Laura Romero has been a reporter and handled marketing/social media for BenitoLink. She has covered education and city government. Formerly, she worked as an assistant account executive at Pembroke PR in San Francisco, where she assisted with press outreach, event coordination, and social media planning. With her PR skills, she has helped to implement social media strategies and develop online giving campaigns for BenitoLink. Laura continues to contribute to BenitoLink on a freelance basis.