Thanks for that interesting explanation, I had been wondering about the nuts and bolts of that fuel deal that TRIMET entered into. How did you get that information if I may ask?
Now, on to fare less square.
It's pretty easy for people that are supporters of this 70's feel good idea called "fare less square" to continue spouting lines such as:
"the square is not so much a place as a steering-wheel-free state of mind."
"At its heart, Fareless Square is a sweep-you-off-your-feet gesture of civic hospitality."
"Trust us. You're going to love our downtown. It's the best we have to offer, Portland's E-Ticket, but put away your spare change. This is on the house."
TRIMET is at this very minute contemplating cutting and eliminating service throughout the district. This means the so called "marginal" routes are in jeopardy, which will then effectively STRAND whoever lives on these lines forcing them to relocate. Most of the people that use TRIMET on the 'marginal' routes do so because they cannot drive. All of these cuts will most likely occur outside of Portland.
Portland already gets the lion share of TRIMET operating funds and has much overlapping service.
People pay $2.30 to get to downtown Portland but people in downtown Portland pay zilch?
How is giving away free service, in a economy that is quickly turning to mush, the right thing to do?
Fare less square is one of the best examples I have ever seen of why government handouts are so miguided.
Fare less square has now created an entire class of dependent individuals who expect nothing but "free" service forever.
It's time to get rid of this misguided relic of the past. People don't value what they don't have to pay for.
All citizens within the TRIMET district need to be treated fairly. Either they all ride free or they all pay.
You cannot have your cake and eat it too, as this misguided editorial attempts to do