Originally Posted by MR. Cosmopolitan
I know but I don't think its very likely to happen to the highly ridden bus lines where the subsidies would go.
As an example, the 19 had its service reduced substantially, and it runs right through an area that the PDC is trying completely reevaluate, (60th & Glisan).
That said, ridership and trip times on the 19 are more than adequate for reduced service, so that was a smart move, but it just goes to show why bus will never be a driver for development the same way rail will. Providence has been buying and building lots of new offices near the 42nd MAX stop, even though most of their services and offices are located on the 19 line, and I can only postulate that it has to do with the idea that the 42nd MAX stop is guaranteed to be more accessible.
It's important for people to remember this: TriMet is as much an economic agency as they are a transit agency. Portland, Metro and the PDC use TriMet as part of a larger plan to encourage and create economic development which benefits both those who use and don't use TriMet, and that's very important. It's one of the reasons Portland has been able to justify spending so much on transit... we make sure that we get a very good ROI by viewing transit investment as part of an economic development plan, and not just
a way of moving people.
And I believe that actually increases ridership more than just creating new lines that go where people already are.