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If you build it they will come. The more we create a comprehensive system, the more people will find it convenient. When Boston, San Francisco, New York and Chicago built their systems, they were not as big as they are now....we are building for the future.
81 million rides provided by Metro Transit means tens of millions fewer cars driving on the roads, looking for parking, burning gas, etc. I'd say that Metro Transit is doing a great job!
Wonder how many people actually pay? i have taken that train back and forth to the airport a few times. I have never seen anyone pay. so i quit paying too.
I speak for all when I say that every day we, as Minneapolitans, must continually renew our commitment to mass transit, whether it takes the form of buses, light rail or commuter rail. There can be no debate, only progress.
"Rides taken on urban local routes declined by 117,000 last year to 58,734,867, a drop of 0.2 percent. " This should serve as a wakeup call to Metro Transit but I doubt that they will do anything about it as long as federal funding for LRT is available. It's all about getting people from the bedroom communities back and forth to work. Screw the people who need to get back and forth to the pharmacy, clinic or Super Market.
'81 million rides provided by Metro Transit means tens of millions fewer cars driving on the roads, looking for parking, burning gas, etc. I'd say that Metro Transit is doing a great job!' Yeah! Great Job until you see that urban ridership is declining! Why? Because bus service to and around the suburbs is so spotty people have no choice but to drive. I get bus service 4 times a day where I live. The last time I took a bus I wound up walking 5 miles home.
That's unbelievable. Literally. Un-Be-liev-able. The entire metro area has 3.3 million people, give or take. They are saying they had 81 million riders. That would require every person in the Twin Cities to ride about 25 times per year. I highly doubt it. Another way...81 million per year averages 6.75 million per month, or 1.55 million per week, or 222,500 every day, on average. Perhaps a lot of people are taking 10 bus or train trips per day, but again, that's unbelievable. Maybe the makers of this report have an agenda.
"If you build it they will come. The more we create a comprehensive system, the more people will find it convenient. When Boston, San Francisco, New York and Chicago built their systems, they were not as big as they are now....we are building for the future." I drove alongside the new, unopened as yet, LRT line from St Paul to Mpls last week. What a joke. Unlike the Hiawatha line which has 8-10 stops this sucker has stops every block. Are the riders going to find this convenient? By the time the LRT stops at every intersection to pick up and drop passengers as well as obeying traffic lights a bicyclist will be able to travel the route faster. All for a federal handout
Time to reinvest in the workhorse of the system, the good ol local bus. I think expanding the LRT system is great and needs to happen, but we are doing it at the expense of upgrading our busiest urban bus corridors. For half the cost of another LRT line we could grow the ridership just as much by building a rapid bus network with LRT-like stations and amenities. I'm not disparaging LRT, but we need to acknowledge that the overwhelming majority of transit users ride the bus and show them some love too!
I'm confused? I drive by the Hiawatha Light Rail twice a day and I NEVER see more than 2-3 people in a compartment (usually empty) And why is traffic on the freeways the worst its been in twenty years? Sounds like some some creative booking with those numbers
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