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Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Why mass transit loses money

I took my car to the dealership this morning to get it serviced. By the time I was finished with the paperwork, it was 9:35am. So I walked to the nearest light rail station and bought a ticket (9:49 AM according to the ticket), and waited. And rode. And waited. And rode. And got to work at 11:35A. For what would be a 30 minute drive in my car.

The fact of the matter is that if it takes four times as long to get anywhere via mass transit, people aren't going to use it. All the cuts in service in order to "save money" just reduce the ridership even more, until the only people using the service are those who have no choice. This isn't brain surgery. This is Economics 101. Higher fares + less service = less ridership. Doh!

- Badtux the Economics 101 Penguin

Posted by: BadTux / 3/22/2006 12:04:00 PM  


Here in DFW, they trumpeted the new DART rail/bus system as THE way to get around. The first big test was a 4th of July celebration downtown a few years ago. It took people three and four hours to make a 20-minute car trip. It's a complete waste of money.
# posted by Lab Kat : 22/3/06 12:45 PM  

I know it's terrible now. It was not always that way:
# posted by nunya : 22/3/06 12:56 PM  

Maybe they aren't going too slow. Maybe you are driving too fast.

Does time every move backwards when you are driving to work?
# posted by NewsBlog 5000 : 22/3/06 7:40 PM  

There's a new paradigm in rapid transit - saw it on Science Channel the other night. Smaller is better. Four person electric runabouts, with no drivers, which run in a channel that's half the width of the bus lane, and recharge while they are being loaded. Heathrow just signed on to the system, which should be up and running within the year.
# posted by SB Gypsy : 23/3/06 9:25 AM  

Usually it takes only twice as long. Your mass transit sucks.

I have the feeling you already figured that one out.
# posted by Progressive Traditionalist : 25/3/06 10:32 PM  

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