Tri-met is flushing half a billion dollars down the toilet to move the busses down to second and third, resulting in longer walks for folks needing to go to PSU, or most of the big office buildings downtown- But hey- there will be a few parking spaces on the street for Nordstroms customers. The light rail tracks on fifth and sixth would be a waste if they were free. Whats the use of a commuter train bogged down in traffic.
The increased ridership brought on by the "pain at the pump" ought to buy a little diesel. They could also use less diesel with a little driver training. Most of the busses I'm on the driver has either got the gas pedal to the floor or is marching on the brakes. Not an efficient way to drive a heavy vehicle. I had the pleasure of riding on one bus with an operator that understood this, and she drove smooth- so, yes it can be done.
Ideally I'd like to see electric busses on the heavily traveled lines. They get power from an overhead wire like the max. Electricity is a better way to go for the constant stopping and starting of a city bus. Look at the "streetcar" It's not really any bigger than a bus, why are there rails in the street. Well, the rails provide a return path for the electricity so ok, have two overhead wires.
Tri mets "fare" is not fair. They dont care, They also dont care when they skip a bus on sunday, and people are stranded for two hours.. They only care about looking good for the yuppies, and funneling money to construction contractors...
Most of tri mets riders are not wealthy environmentalists trying not to feel guilty, or "pearl-district" yuppies. Most are just trying to get to work.
was this (un) fare increase was passed by tri-mets board with no public input??? Are they not a public agency?
Anybody else angry about this???
By KATU Web Staff
PORTLAND, Ore. - TriMet riders - get ready to pay a little more to get on the bus or the MAX
The agency's board approved a 25-cent fare increase Wednesday morning. The new rates take effect in September
TriMet blamed the high cost of diesel fuel for the increase.
The agency estimated that the fuel would cost $2.31 per gallon when it put its budget together for the current fiscal year. But prices rose to $4 per gallon before ending the year around $3.86.
To offset the costs, TriMet said it has already dipped into reserves, made fleet vehicles more fuel efficient and cut staff positions.
TriMet also created a new 14-day pass to give riders the savings of a monthly pass.
The following is a press release issued by the agency:
TriMet has dipped into reserves, made fleet more fuel efficient & cut staff positions to cover some of the escalating costs
The TriMet Board of Directors today approved a fare increase to offset record-high diesel prices. Beginning September 1, 2008, adult cash fares will increase 25 cents; Youth/Student, Honored Citizen and LIFT cash fares will increase 10 cents. Five cents of the increase is dedicated to offset general inflation.
* TriMet fuel prices have increased 67 percent over budget during the current fiscal year ending June 30, 2008, up from a budgeted $2.31 per gallon to topping $4 per gallon before ending the year around $3.86.
* Over the past fiscal year, TriMet paid $4.1 million more than budgeted for fuel ($19.7 million versus the budgeted $15.6 million).
* TriMet is nearly doubling its fuel budget for FY09 (July 1, 2008-June 30, 2009), estimating an average of $4 per gallon for a total of $28.5 million.
* TriMet will buy seven million gallons of diesel in FY09, which includes additional bus and LIFT service and the start of TriMet WES (Westside Express Service) Commuter Rail service this fall.
Offsetting fuel increases
* Over the past several years, TriMet has made several adjustments to its vehicles, making its bus fleet one of the most fuel-efficient in the nation. These actions save more than $600,000 annually.
* TriMet has transferred $4.1 million from contingency to offset current fuel costs, as well as eliminated 18 staff positions and reduced other programs.
September fare increase
* Adult cash fares will increase 25 cents; monthly passes will increase $10
* Youth/Student, Honored Citizen and LIFT cash fares will increase 10 cents; monthly passes will increase $2
* TriMet is creating a new 14-day pass to give riders the savings of a monthly pass, but purchase it in smaller increments.