Bus ridership drops amid lost jobs, lower gas prices

  • Article by: KATIE HUMPHREY and DAVID PETERSON , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: February 6, 2010 - 11:12 PM

Transit providers say lower gas prices are also keeping people off the buses in the south metro.

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doctor2687Feb. 6, 10 9:14 PM

95 million people road metro transit in 2008, and that is expected to sink below 90 million??

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mcleanmFeb. 6, 10 9:20 PM


That's 1.2 million going and 1.2 million coming.....

If you take the bus to work and back home, that counts as two rides..

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panndderFeb. 6, 10 9:28 PM

My taxes pay for these roads and yet these freeloading drivers think they can just putz around in their personal vehicles. I wish they would send a check to MNDOT for every mile they log or else get on the bus or train like a productive member of society! (see what I did there?)

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AuntieWendyFeb. 6, 10 9:36 PM

Very well said!

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hobie2Feb. 6, 10 9:41 PM

That will get more money! Defeats the purpose of public transportation, and runs in the face of the profit and share box of basic economics... but it's only common sense in hard times - and making riding the bus more costly helps the unemployed and marginally employed.... doesn't it? Ok, so lowering prices instead gets more ridersip and amortizes fixed adminstration and asset maintenance and gets larger market share... but what do big corporations who do it all the time know about it, compared to the lawyer-cum-legislators at the capitol?

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pwcgoldfishFeb. 6, 10 9:53 PM

Why would you have multiple govt funded organizations run buses from the the same vacinity with Metro Transit operating the Lakeville to downtown mpls bus but MVTA operating all the other locations in the south metro. Additionally its a waste to have multiple organizations period.

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garagewineFeb. 6, 1010:05 PM

Metro Transit operates the Lakeville service under contract to MVTA.

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garagewineFeb. 6, 1010:21 PM

The taxes that pay for the roads are levied on road users. They include state taxes on vehicle purchases and registrations and motor fuels, federal fuel taxes and wheelage taxes levied by some counties. See what I did there? It's called providing facts.

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beaglemomFeb. 6, 1010:37 PM

Building light rail (along an existing bus route) is going to be the stupidest move made since the ending of the street car era (which instead of being linear worked on a grid and was superior to anything we will have in the future). So St. Paul businesses along the route don't want it, MPR doesn't want it, Stadium Village doesn't want it and the University of Minnesota is suing over it and now the people aren't using public transportation (unless they own a Toyota). How much more information do you need? As far as "we have Federal dollars." Why do people not get that "Federal dollars" are just tax dollars???

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boshkFeb. 6, 1010:47 PM

uh oh, better raise fares again!

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