How Rail Screws the Poor

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    How Rail Screws the Poor
    As Los Angeles spends billions on light rail, transit use declines.


    read more: How Rail Screws the Poor - Reason.com
     
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    When the Metropolitan Council who runs the Twin Cities bus and light rail system in MN faced budget cuts, they released a plan to do the following.

    1. Rate hike by .50 to a dollar
    2. Cut service times and weekend service for all but the most heavily travelled INNER CITY routes.
    3. End park and ride express routes (that pay the most money) to the suburbs
    4. Layoff every driver under 2 years seniority.

    They would continue limited service to the light rail and the heaviest use local lines. Here's the fun part. The route and service cuts 99% of the time were the safest, highest paying and highest revenue lines in the system. They would keep the most dangerous and least paying lines (because people would not pay fares) in the worst neighborhoods. Oh and the rather empty light rail that they're currently expanding to St. Paul at the cost of a billion dollars down the busiest east west road in the city, halving it's capacity due to trains and construction.

    Anyone else see a stupidity to this?
     
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