So I get the photo of the week from Sound Transit and read the RSS feeds. I must commend Sound Transit on their efforts to really get information out there, it seems, they surpass TriMet in this endeavor. I also can’t help but feel it is the low key nature of Portland that TriMet gets this from, but should step out and take the lead on these efforts. As I mentioned previously, it would be awesome if TriMet tried to actively coordinate high ridership needs against opportunities such as shows, sports events, etc. I suppose they do it some, but I barely see any of it via their website. This should really change.
Here’s a shot of a Sounder Train arriving. Just think of all those auto f-tards that say nobody rides the train. Seriously, you auto nuts, look at that image and say that again? 700 people where on that train! That’s efficient movement of people. Each passenger consumed the equivalent of a Prius stuffed with 4 people – but oh wait, they had the use of space, someone else drove em’, and… oh hell, the train just kicks driving’s tail. All of these people can consume alcohol and not have a care in the world, they won’t get arrest for DUI after the game!
Anyway, enough of my ranting on the stupidity of driving and the awesomeness of taking the train, it is however kind of a no brainer in this situation.
In other Sound Transit news, there will be some rocking, head banging trains heading to Tacoma Dome for the AC/DC show coming up. Of course, this is a no brainer too, because how is somebody going to go to an AC/DC show and not drink? That’s insane, so jump on the train, have a case o’ beer, and take the train home. That is THE life of luxury right there.
The last tidbit of Sound Transit news is about their light rail. It hasn’t hit the ridership level of our Blue Line here in PDX, but it has already surpassed the Yellow Line or Red Line respectively. At over 12k per day already, and on some days well surpassing that. This is all without the line not even being 100% done. The airport extension still has to open later this year, which will easily bump it up another 500-1500 per day. I do think that Sound Transit will hit their ridership expectations of 29k by middle of 2010 as they’ve suggested. Which will still have them just shy of our Blue Line, however by the middle of 2011 I’m pretty sure they’ll surpass Blue Line Ridership and start needing those 3 car LRV Trains. Good thing they’ve planned for that, we’re stuck with 2 car trains in PDX unless we blow billions upgrading the entire system. I believe, even though I need to check, that Sound Transit has blown past their bus route ridership leaders with the start of the Link Light Rail.
…and my last tidbit of info, or rant more like it is simply a message to Sound Transit, “Fix the damn ticketing on the LINK!!!!” It is annoying as hell. Even the local media has picked this up! I know, I know, it isn’t THAT complicated, but the problem is that it is complicated for any new rider. Sound Transit & TriMet both have this issue of confusing ticketing. I’m still one for the “buy a ticket for each ride” because it just can’t get screwed up.
In addition to all this, Seattle is much more of a 24hr city, and in turn, runs their light rail and buses many more hours than PDX (which really isn’t smart form a $$ perspective for TriMet, so I can’t blame em’).
So that is some tidbits that I’ve picked up recently, and I just love that Sound Transit plays with the community this way. I long for TriMet to reach out a little bit more in this regard.
Soon to come I hope to get the website write up done and published – I’ve got a number of sites to review still. So stay tuned and keep enjoying the ole’ Transit Sleuth’s work. 🙂