How to mess up a transit system

Let’s try a cynical look at the existing transit system financial situation. Here is how I see it coming down.

Let’s try a cynical look at the existing transit system financial situation. Here is how I see it coming down.

We have a financial problem so let’s spend more money. We will buy/lease bigger, more expensive buses.

To help pay for these buses we will burden our faithful riders with a rate increase in fares.

This rate increase is not covering losses so let’s cut out Sunday service, further inconveniencing faithful riders — no Sunday beach/park, no church, no coffee with friends, all bus riders are locked down for the day.

Not enough yet? Let’s move or reduce the number of stops, especially the stops that are convenient for handicapped and senior riders.

If we take away the mall stop it will make shopping very difficult for many and will gain nothing financially but let’s do it anyway.

We have angered most riders, now we will take away the student express buses and alienate future adult transient customers.

Enough changes and cuts have been made that now we probably can cut one of great drivers from his/her job.

Great going guys. How about a second look?

We have now successfully undone 60 years of planning and strategy that produced a great city transit system that all riders were happy with.

Clayton McPherson



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