The Sun Metro ridership numbers for the 2018 fiscal year are out.
They show a 5% decrease in riders from 2017.
The year before (2017 vs 2016) showed a 9.3% decrease.
Before that the period from 2016 to 2015 showed another 9.2% decrease.
They reported that the cost per trip went up from $3.41 to $3.77, a ten percent increase. If you take the total amount of money that they were budgeted to spend for 2018 and divide it by the number of rides they reported, the cost per ride was actually $5.45.
We deserve better
Where will the trolley revenue and expenses be reported? Are they part of Sun Metro?
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Oh, yes, the Trolley is part of Sun Metro..you won’t find anything about the expense of running it in the fawning EPTimes articles about the startup. Many months ago there was a line at the end of one article in which the Sun Metro staffer being interviewed said the operating and maintenance costs would be an estimated $2 – $2.5 million. A million adult riders @$1.50 per would bring in $1.5 million!…not sure if standing room only cars at all times would have the capacity for a million riders a year…
“Standing Room Only”
I saw video of passengers seated in the streetcars and (not just fat people) but even regular size people hang off into the isles.
If people were STANDING in the isles, their butts would REALLY be in your face.
The seats and SIZE of them were designed and from the 1940’s when average people were smaller. ( Like most of our parents or grandparents.)
2 regular size people nowadays cannot pass in the isle on the El Paso streetcars.