So, did Monday's one-day fare amnesty on MAX create a spike in light-rail ridership in the Portland metro area?
TriMet's answer: Maybe. Maybe not. Who knows at this point?
"The goal wasn't to increase ridership," said Mary Fetsch, a TriMet
spokeswoman, adding that the transit agency has no way of immediately
measuring the free rides' effect on the daily commute.
Infrared sensors at MAX train doors count
boardings by detecting body heat and motion. Any tallies from Free MAX
Monday won't be available for at least a few weeks, TriMet said.
TriMet offered the free rides on MAX as a way of saying thank you –
and sorry – to riders for enduring last week's nightmarish delays
caused by rail reconstruction and a train derailment on Friday.
"We have heard that riders are appreciating the small token of thanks," Fetsch said.
Of course, some riders have taken to Twitter to say the gesture is too small.
They may have a point. Here are 5 reasons why, in the end, the TriMet
fare amnesty amounted to little more than a publicity stunt:
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