The only blog on the internet that takes a critical look at Trimet operations and does NOT just spit back Trimet press releases
It's the money used out of the general fund to pay for loans/credit used to buy stuff in the past.Now, we all know what TriMet isn't buying: buses.We all know what TriMet IS buying: light rail. We all know light rail isn't free or cheap. And the feds don't pay 100% of the cost of it.Ta da. General Fund Debt Service. And is 100% of this cost allocated exclusively to rail users?NO!There you have it. Take this cost, allocate it against ALL TriMet riders, and you have that bus riders are subjected to paying a MAX cost.Notice, also, how in 2008/2009 it was only $8.5 million, and now it's $31.1 million. Let's get that little calculator out...31.1 minus 8.5 equals $22.6 million.How large is TriMet's budget deficit? $17 million?And TriMet is blaming the union...why?
Why are they paying DEBT SERVICE for MAX when they got FEDERAL FUNDING!
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