There is a certain happiness sighted when your bus comes along. It is of course a small specialized form of happiness and will never be a great thing.

-Richard Brautigan, The Old Bus

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Take Regional Transit's survey

Sacramento Regional Transit is inviting people to help RT "prioritize improvements in the transit system." Click on the image above to take the survey.

The wife asks that on Q2 everyone put "cup holders." She feels this is the most compelling immediate improvement needed on RT buses.

This is all part of RT's master plan update effort. It all sounds good when RT says things like:

The TMP is your plan and we want to know what is important to you as we plan for the region's transit needs over the next 10, 20 and 30 years.
But then you look at the calendar for open houses and public forums and you wonder whether they really want to hear from people. I live out in the Arden Arcade area. And just when does RT expect to hear from my neighbors?


Who is going to be available between 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on a Thursday? Look at the calendar: Not one weekend date. Granted, everyone appreciates why RT doesn't want to hear from people about its weekend service, but this calendar is unlikely to attract anyone except the "professional" interests -- mobility associations, groups representing the elderly. No one speaks for the "choice" riders, the people who have other options, the people who are the key if RT wants to increase its ridership.

4 comments:

Mattie said...

I took the survey but I'm afraid I didn't ask for cup holders. I suggested silly luxuries like public forums at realistic times (you are so right about that!) and a website that's actually useful. I've been taking RT for over 20 years and I swear it's gotten worse every year.

John said...

QUOTE: I've been taking RT for over 20 years

You are the sort of person who should be invited specifically to discuss the rider's experience and especially the perspective of before and after light rail.

And after 20 years, they should give you a lifetime pass.

Brian Goldner said...

their map links are broken in the survey...option C, which is the nicest, displays as maps A,B and C, perhaps leading some ppl to support A which is a rather flimsy plan compared to the illustrious C

John said...

The maps can also be found here, which is a page on the Regional Transit Master Plan site under "Links & Documents."