OPAL's Pitch to TriMet - Portland Transport
Actually I believe transit should be free, a publicly provided service like police/fire/sidewalks/streets etc.
The problem has always been, and will continue to be, that transit in this country makes too much money for the people that are involved in it.
It shouldn't cost 100k a year to operate a bus (with overtime), executives shouldn't be making mid six figure salaries and obscene pensions. Layers and layers of bureaucracy exist now with each layer siphoning off money that could be used to transport people
Transit funds lately in this country has been more about building things than transporting people, billions are made available for capital projects but nothing to move people around now.
And I just don't believe what the Trimet executives say, we have no way to prove or disprove their budget analysis.
Last year Mcfarlane claimed the sky was falling cut routes and raised fares, all the while he hid $970,000 in raises for himself and his executive staff that will continue in perpetuity.
This year he says there is money to restore something, but in 20 years 70% of everything will have to be cut.
How can anyone believe anything that comes out of Trimet?