There is an article here about neglecting buses for light rail service. Also Al M & Erik Halstead are notorious for their rants in the blogosphere about how TriMet neglects buses in favor of light rail. But here’s my question.
Imagine tomorrow, that these people proposing this where in charge; Lew Church, Jason Barbour, Xander Dunlap, Patrick Ryan, Al M, & Erik Halstead. What would they do?
If we stopped running light rail tomorrow how would we move the people that ride the blue, red, and yellow lines with buses? If the budget where to stay EXACTLY what it is today – how would TriMet move the same number of people if we started using only buses? Please, answer that for me would you guys?
In addition to that explain exactly how TriMet is supposed to not cut service, if they don’t have the money for the service? If every executive at TriMet and every single office employee was paid the same as the bus drivers tomorrow that would only fund a couple of frequencies, barely enough to even maintain the lines they have. In addition to that it would mean we’d lose transit tracker, scheduling would have to be printed and we’d probably lose the TriMet website just to point out a few things. So when the ridership plummets what is the proposal to fix that?
I guess what I want to see among these people are legitimate fixes. What are their solutions. Not the mythical fantasy of "if we’d spent all that money on Bus Rapid Transit" or "if we’d only harness the power of the sun" or other nonsense. Take a look at the current budget (not the odd $900 million that is presented in the Oregon Line Article, but the real operations budget) and tell me how you’d fix the problems.
Another thing I’ve noticed is this Transit Riders Union. They’re attacking the cuts also, but I’ve seen no real solutions. Not tangible ones that will actually save TriMet the money needed to maintain operations. If we stopped building light rail and instead put all that money toward bus operations we’d be bankrupt before the end of the year just trying to handle the rush hour volume of passengers that light rail handles.
So really, where are the solutions of decreased service isn’t it?