Originally Posted by omro
Which seems like faulty logic to me. You get more successful, you increase your revenue, you have more money to invest in new stock.
A bit more than half the HSR's revenue comes from fares, and the rest comes from the city's transit budget. If the HSR's ridership goes up significantly, that means the city will have to spend more public money on transit - but council still regards transit as a subsidy
to be minimized rather than an investment
to be leveraged. Factor in the city's bizarre area rating
system, in which residents of different parts of the city pay different tax rates toward transit, and you end up with a situation in which it's remarkably difficult to get more revenue into our transit system to expand service.