At the Tuesday, July 11, 2017 meeting of the Mass Transit Board (city council) the director of Sun Metro gave a presentation relating to their 3rd quarter fixed route performance. We wrote about the report in Sun Metro continues to sink.
When discussing the issue of decreasing ridership he spoke of lower gasoline prices, the peso devaluation, low interest car loans and disruptions caused by street car rail construction. He also pointed out that he believed that bus ridership was down across the country.
Unfortunately we did not hear the director speak about taking any affirmative steps to improve either the ridership numbers or the system’s high operating cost per passenger.
Isn’t it time to rethink our strategy instead of spending more and more money on a service that fewer and fewer people want? Isn’t there a way to provide this service to people who need or want it in such a manner that we spend less money, as ridership falls, instead of more?
We deserve better