Monday, June 6, 2011

TriMet is screwing the pass holders!

5¢ fare increase is coming, and you know it, but why do passes rise at $4 per month, and not $2?

Heres some fun with numbers:

On the ORCA Card (in Seattle), It is $9 for every 25¢ increase in fare, or $1.80 per 5¢.

Lets break down TriMets fare, Assuming 365 days per year - 104 weekend days - 6 holidays = 255 average commute days per year:

$77 X 12 = $924 / 255 = $3.62 /2 = $1.81 per trip (assumes one round trip per day, 2-zone pass)
$81 X 12 = $972 / 255 = $3.81 /2 = $1.91 per trip, a 9¢ increase per trip.

Either way you look at it, someone up at TriMet is rewarding cash riders, as the value of the Monthly pass is diminishing. A monthly pass holder is saving 24¢ right now per ride, or $10.20 per month, at the new rate, Pass holders will save 19¢ per trip, or $8.07 per month.

It should be a $2 increase, to realize the fair amount of savings, period.

TriMet fare hike vote set for Wednesday

Jee whiz, I'm on the edge of my seat wondering if the Trimet board would vote no on this!   NOT! 

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Dazed and Confused

Operator of bus 72 train 42 lost his way! Supposed to be at Swan Island, went to Parkrose instead.
Luckily they got plenty of 72 buses huh?

Not your job

An operator has called dispatch to complain that he is seeing bus transfers "with too much time on them".
(Better too much than too little IMO)

That "pink thing"

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Day of parade is TriMet's busiest Saturday of year

Good luck getting to and from this event, no matter how you decide to get there.

Don't miss the excitement! Board meeting next Wednesday at Portland Building 9am

The following is the agenda of the regular meeting of the TriMet Board of Directors to be held at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 8, 2011, at the City of Portland Building, Auditorium, 1120 SW 5th Avenue, Portland, with public forum following the agenda items.
A. General Manager’s Comments – Neil McFarlane
B. LIFT Fares – Claire Potter and Kathy Miller 
Items appearing below are considered to be routine and may be approved by the Board in one blanket motion. (Any Board member may remove an item from the “Consent” portion of the agenda for discussion or questions by requesting such action prior to consideration of this portion of the agenda.)
Resolution directing that all ordinances shall be read by title only

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