Do the people at the Times ever read the Times?
In an article the other day about the decline in Sun Metro ridership the reporter wrote:
Sun Metro averages 1,800-2,000 riders each day.
Not that bad
There is no way that the 1,800-2,000 number can be correct.
Looking at their published schedules the regular buses (not including the Brio) make about 1,015 round trips a day. That would put the average ridership per run at about 2 people.
Sun Metro’s published numbers show that they had about 1,283,000 riders in the month of May 2015. That works out to about 42,000 riders per day.
According to their report it costs us about $3 per passenger and we collect all of about 54 cents from each one of them if I read the report correctly.
More than $37 million of our sales tax receipts go into Sun Metro every year.
With declining ridership the city plans to add more capacity, particularly through more Brio routes.
We deserve better