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Because that's how the laws of economics work.
Government by and large does not provide services or products and must rely on revenue generated by others, so it is inherently dysfunctional on attempting to work on an economic budget model of income and spending.
This applies up to the federal level as well, although those in charge of Oregon and the U.S. do not understand the concept.
Remove the yellow and red from downtown, make all the east/west trains blue, and you relieve a lot of congestion. The idea of being able to ride from beaverton to the airport without having to make a single transfer is a little ridiculous. There's no reason for the red or yellow lines to be that long. Just make people transfer more.
Stopping the yellow line at Rose Quarter would make people transfer more (not less) because many riders are going between N Portland and Downtown. Some overlap Downtown is a way of providing more frequent service.
I wish TriMet had a dollar for every person who thinks they know how to solve all of TriMet's problems without paying the actual cost of public transit.
No. That's how capitalism FAILS to work. Public services are payed for by payroll tax because they're mutually beneficial. Hundreds of thousands of people out of the 2.1 million residents of the Portland metropolitan area rely on public transit for business and pleasure. Obviously, students and the unemployed who need it most can't afford to pay a full representative portion of the operating cost. Those who are gainfully employed are thus expected to make a small contribution from their earnings to keep this important service available.
How do you feel about roads? Bridges? What about fire rescue and police services? I'm an anarchist on an idealistic level, but even I understand the importance of these tax-paid services in keeping our city afloat, and why it's important that these services don't collect a service revenue.
You're trying to argue from an economic standpoint, from which your view is also flawed. When a single entity holds monopoly, quality drops and price rises. Trimet is the only major transit system in Portland; they've adjusted their service to have almost no overlap with even Vancouver's C-Tran system. If Trimet were NOT paid for almost entirely by taxes, we'd see much more drastic budget cuts, including massive employee healthcare cuts, and pretty much no max line expansion whatsoever during recession.
I ran the numbers a couple years ago on TriMet's labor costs per service-hour, and they weren't out of line compared to other big agencies. What's weird about their costs are that they've been growing faster (twice as fast as the average large agency's since 1994), and that their medical benefits, especially for retirees, are unusually generous.
trimet management missed the change in the law where fare penalties aren't coming back to trimet: http://t.co/zIQ7vFXP
trimet has over 70 people with salaries above $100K: http://t.co/7w0p97JR
but the trimet management "sacrifice" to balance the $17 million budget hole that has been created via bad contract negotiations and dedicating funds to rail project (service on which keeps getting cut)? $500 K in "internal efficiencies" savings.
anybody effected by this proposal either in increased cost of service or losing more service because of cuts needs to push back on this as hard as possible.
trimet management is great at passing the buck - it's the economy! it's the union! it's the federal government - and lousy at taking any responsibility or laying out any action that isn't a burden on the public they are suppose to be serving.
do fares and service need to be cut? probably yes to some degree but they can't find say $5 million in "internal efficiencies" or $3 million or something that represents a real commitment from trimet to serving the public not hurting it?
call them, write them, protest them. contact every board member. don't buy the bull, demand better solutions:
This is going to increase my cost of living substantially. Although I don't know how loudly I should complain when I have essentially been getting a free ride for years now.
Meh. Probably need to start biking more anyway.