METRO: Your tax dollars at work

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This is METRO in action.

This is METRO applauding itself.

This is Tom Bazan’s latest on METRO’s declining ridership numbers:

METRO fixed-route bus boardings again experienced a huge decline of -26.02% for April 2009 over April 2008. Bus boardings for first seven months of FY 2009 is -21.83% below the same FY 2008 period. In real numbers, there were 11,298,800 fewer bus boardings this fiscal year. The fixed-route bus boardings for the Jan-Apr 2009 period are -29.43% less than the Jan-Apr 2004 period when the tram service was initiated.

The fixed-route bus boardings have DECLINED each of the past NINE months, -20%, with a net loss of -13,240,300 boardings. There have been bus boarding declines in 11 of the past 14 months.

The tram boardings were again off -2.44% for April 2009, and the estimated tram boardings for the first seven months of FY2009 have declined -4.3%. The tram boardings have DECLINED each of the past SEVEN months as compared to the same 7-month period in FY2008. The total loss of tram boardings totals -307,800.

This is METRO applauding itself.

This is METRO’s latest service “improvements.”

This is local media skepticism of METRO’s latest service “improvements.”

This is METRO applauding itself, one and a half years behind schedule.

Your tax dollars at work.


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