EDINBURG, Texas – Valley Metro does have the money to start and maintain bus routes in the Rio Grande Valley’s colonias. What it lacks are drivers to man the buses.

This is the view of Sarah Dierlam, assistant executive director of the Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council. The LRGVDC runs Valley Metro.

Calls for public transportation to be made available in the Valley’s larger colonias were made during a recent Hidalgo County Prosperity Task Force meeting held in south Alamo. The meeting was called by Hidlago County Judge Richard Cortez to solicit feedback from colonia residents about the work of the task force. Cortez set up the task force to address Hidalgo County’s high rate of poverty.

Public transportation in the rural areas of Hidalgo County was a top priority for the colonia residents who attended the meeting in south Alamo. They urged the county to push for additional funding for Valley Metro during the upcoming legislative session. 

But, at a follow up meeting of the Prosperity Task Force, held at Hidalgo County Commissioner Court, Dierlam said Valley Metro’s biggest problem is a lack of bus drivers, not a lack of money. Dierlam is a member of the Prosperity Task Force’s Transportation Subcommittee.

The Rio Grande Guardian International News Service interviewed Dierlam at the conclusion of the meeting in Edinburg. Here is the interview:


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