As an employee of the Iris Network with a 35-year career in assisting Maine residents with blindness and visual impairment, I am watching the Falmouth vote on public bus service with concern.
Maine has the oldest population in the United States and our chances of developing vision problems increase dramatically as we age. When vision loss occurs the hardest thing to give up is the driver’s license and many people continue to drive after it is no longer safe for them to do so, particularly when there is no affordable public transportation available.
Individuals with vision loss have chosen to buy homes or take jobs in Falmouth because of the bus and use it regularly for work and to take part in the cultural and educational events in Greater Portland.
I applaud Falmouth in taking the lead in providing affordable public transportation to its taxpayers and visitors.