Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Haha! Broke already

Trimet operators of the year!

— (L-R) Jeffery Evans, MAX Operator of the Year; Alex Ohly, Bus Operator of the Year; Justina Carrillo, Part-Time Operator of the Year, and the Dick Head

Trimet MAX on time performance dismal

You know your light rail system is a FAIL when its on time performance is as bad as the buses.
Light rail is supposed to avoid the pitfalls of bus service.

But here we have Trimet light rail service continuing to be pitiful, month after month
And the management doesn't seem to be interested in fixing it.

One simple step that the management could take would be to END HOLDING TRAINS FOR FARE INSPECTORS!

I've been in many places and have never seen public transportation stopped so people could check fares.

Only in Portland Trimet is this routine. 
And it causes numerous delays which trickle down the line.

Because public transportation technocrats don't actually use public transportation, they don't give any of this a second thought.

Trimet budget snapshot

As you can see here more than 1/2 the funds end up going to non service functions. "Public affairs" "information technology" "capital projects" etc etc.

And of course the banks get their cut, a cool $40 million a year

This is why I am against any tax initiatives to expand transit. We know 1/2 will be stolen by the technocrats in charge to expand their empires

Article in LA expressing some doubts about the Expo Line causes mass hysteria

Doesn't matter that some of the points are accurate and that it is indeed true that light rail TOTALLY changes the communities it touches. Doesn't matter that there is supposed to be freedom of speech in this country. Nope, this person was subjected to the usual Internet baloney and removed the article. Which she should NOT have done. I've been watching the light rail propaganda in LA and it's really something I got to tell Ya. They have a massive tax hike on the table and don't want anybody messing with people's minds with alternative narratives. This whole world wide light rail movement is scary.
I wonder about all those pro rail tweets in LA. They all sound contrived to me