"Never has the political class or the mainstream media that covers them been more out of touch with the American people than they are today."
Wait...this sounds like...wait for it...THE CEDAR MILL SHUTTLE!!!!!!!!!!!!The "demand-response" bus route makes a lot of sense in the suburban neighborhood and smaller communities. Clearly not Portland (except maybe in the areas served primarily by the 18 and 63 routes, and some areas of SW Portland), but this kind of service using a smaller vehicle (Freightliner Sprinter, cutaway bus) would work wonders for a lot of primarily residential areas served by neighborhood routes.The key is that it must be heavily advertised and promoted...and while TriMet did a reasonably good job advertising "The Local" back in 1998 and 1999, TriMet quickly lost interest in that concept (which was not the same as this, "The Local" still ran on regular, defined routes with defined stops) and most of "The Local" routes withered away and were discontinued. (A couple still remain, like the 53 Artic-Allen route, but today are no different than any other TriMet route.)Of course, TriMet lost interest in that just as a new General Manager came on board...one guy by the name of Fred Hansen. Go figure.
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