They built it and no one came

It has been almost a year (edit: two years) since Sun Metro started their Brio service on Mesa.

Unfortunately bus usage has declined more than seven percent when compared to last year.

Operating costs per trip have gone up during the same period more than seven percent.  The Sun Metro report is for the period ending May 31, 2016.  Take a look at what natural gas prices did during that period:


Their proposed budget for next year will use $43.8 million of our sales taxes.  They are budgeting $8 million in receipts from fare boxes, down from a budget of $9.3 million last year.

They are working to open Brio service on Alameda and Dyer even in light of declining demand.

We deserve better


12 Responses to They built it and no one came

  1. This may well be one of my biggest complaints. Why should so much of my tax dollars pay for something I never use, and that is not even serving my part of town? But, then, there is the trolley to nowhere, also, isn’t there? Plans for another arena downtown, when there is no established need for such? Oh, and streets? Any work being done on street repaving anywhere?


    • Sad El Pasoan says:

      All the potholes are generating massive revenues for the dealerships in parts and warranty repairs. Awh! Oscar is such a good boy!


  2. Jerry K says:

    A public transit system is important to enable the poor to get to jobs, the elderly to get around and students to get to class. I don’t mind my taxes funding it like I do mind them funding baseball.

    But I cannot figure out why the Brio was built when the buses on Mesa seemed half empty most of the time. They still are, except now they’re even bigger empty!


  3. Old Gringo Guy says:

    Hey, Jerry K., the poor mostly don’t have jobs, so they don’t ride the bus to work! Oh, and how many poor work at UTEP? The only part of Sun Metro that serves a real purpose is the Lift system for the disabled!


  4. Babyape says:

    Don’t worry they will find more ways to raise taxes and waste out hard earned money like the trolley, the sports arena and who knows what else silly stuff.


  5. Helen Marshall says:

    Brio is also planned for Montana. All these routes duplicate existing service..AND the Trolley Folly will duplicate the regular bus and Brio bus on its route! None of them, however, run at night, so students who have classes or folks who have night jobs, not to mention anyone who’d like to go to a performance at the Plaza Theater (or even a baseball game) and not have to drive, tough luck for them!

    Take a look at the Sun City Lights project for more craziness if this isn’t enough.


  6. Curious says:

    With all this stressful stuff going on, why doesn’t Brutus look any older? Still looks pretty good for an old dog.


  7. Tax, waste, spend, tax some more. Sun Metro is pretty much a waste of taxpayer money and gas. Apparently the ONLY people who ride the buses at all away from downtown are the maids from Juarez. After dark, the ONLY thing on the buses is the driver and the lights. Any doubters? Stand on a street corner and watch the buses go by EMPTY. Just another “albatross” around the necks of El Taxo taxpayers.


  8. Frank says:

    Brutus, why aren’t you blogging about the idiot Wiles and his opponent Tom Buchino. That’s a race that we should all be working on, especially since we have a chance to kick out the limpwristed Wiles. Holding him accountable would go a long way to changing things up.


  9. Anonymous says:

    they also are reducing the trips for the #19 & #18 to force people to take the brio…the drivers tell the service workers to take the brio, but they don’t because it takes longer….


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