The only blog on the internet that takes a critical look at Trimet operations and does NOT just spit back Trimet press releases
There are literally hundreds of those little papers all over stops on routes that are changing. I see them all up Holgate going into the city and I saw them on both sides of Sandy Boulevard over by Blue Lake. In fact, all the stops on eastern Sandy Blvd had already had their numbers changed to 21. The thing with the papers was, how much do you think that cost, printing out all of those papers and distributing them? I know that the public has to know but aren't there more efficient ways of letting people know?
The problem is that there really isn't a better way. Well, TriMet COULD post the notices ON THE BUSES, but of course the same buses don't run the same routes every day or even during the same day.Only some of TriMet's buses have ASA installed, and even then they don't work well. (The Spanish fare announcement is barely audible in the back of my bus.)Unfortunately a lot of TriMet riders do not have regular or even any Internet access - simply posting it on a website, or Tweeting it or posting a Facebook page is not enough. TriMet has cut back a lot of their old information sources (printed timetables that were widely distributed, schedule-by-phone information) and has just one customer service office for the entire region (downtown, of all places), whereas C-Tran has more offices for a much smaller area.Yes, it does cost a lot of money. The real question is how much money will TriMet save in these changes. I don't think very much. TriMet has cut routes in the past and yet TriMet's costs continue to skyrocket despite the service cuts. Until TriMet realizes the real issue with their costs have nothing to do with bus service, but has to do with unsustainable rail projects and operations and making promises that TriMet has no business making (that then lock TriMet into costs that it can't renege on)...
How exactly has TriMet cut back on schedule-by-phone information? Transit Tracker and scheduled arrivals are available 24/7
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