I did not want to mix the good with the bad the other day when talking about riding the Brio.
On the minus side the buses ride like a skate board. The ride is really bumpy.
There is probably a problem with the fare boxes. Although the ticket I buy is a fancy magnetic striped one I was never required to surrender it to the fare box. In fact I have yet to see any other passenger do it either.
Right now the buses are pretty much empty. I have yet to see more than 5 people on a Brio at any one time.
The Sun Metro web site tells us that the buses cost $790,000 each and that they seat 48 passengers. That comes to about $16,500 per seat. The traditional buses that the system has been buying cost $525,000 and seat 38 passengers yielding a cost of about $13,800 per seat.
According to the web site it cost $27 million to build the system. No one can put a cost to the inconvenience we have all endured as the city blockaded Mesa for months while building the extra long stations.
If the city wanted shorten the amount of time that we have to wait for a bus they could have added regular buses. The buses could keep the same schedule as the Brio’s. Scheduling could be more dynamic.
We would not have had to build new bus stops. We would not have had to waste millions of dollars.
We deserve better