Wednesday, May 30, 2012

I rode for three days and 242 miles on public transit. Here’s who I met.

Willamette Week

1 comment:

Al M said...

My comment over at WW, so far not published:

I think your ridership chart may be wrong.
For example your chart shows a sharp drop in bus ridership between the last two years, the the trimet chart shows no such drop:

You have nave made no mention in the body of your article of the sparwling bureacracy that has bloomed in the last ten years, layer upon layer of managment, a HUGE IT department, and lumbering CAPITAL PROJECTS division.
You left out the recent hiring of overly compensated executives that Mr Mcfarlane keeps adding.
You left out that there are more people working in Portland today paying into this system than 10 years ago, recession included.
You left out that the incompetence of this management that thinks it can keep adding and adding and adding FOREVER, without consequence.
You left out the part where Trimet operators have given up raises (which is why we are among the lowest paid on the west coast) so that we could get decent health coverage.
Other than that, its a pretty good article