Human Transit: should we cut fares or increase service? an advocacy parable
The so called 'budget crisis' that precipitated all of the cuts to service never materialized in the first place, and OPAL called them out on that. They got no media coverage but I myself saw what they were saying come exactly true.
So Trimet takes an axe to service a over a year ago now they decide they can 'restore' some of that service.
"But you can't have both" according to the Trimet technocrats.
Sorry, I just don't believe them. Your post assumes they are truthful as to the current state of their financial status. They have proven over and over they cannot be trusted when it comes to their public statements about their finances.
Let's remember, these people in charge took an axe to service AND raise the fares pleading poverty all the while and at the exact same time hid raises for themselves of $1 million that goes on in perpetuity.
I don't buy your premise, people with time on their hands want longer transfers and people that are busy want more service.
It's a false dichotomy as far as I am concerned.