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

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Reporting on transit ridership

I found this report on a Seattle blog, where ridership has increased more than the national average of 3.3 percent. Here in Sacramento, the first-quarter ridership figures are less encouraging.

For the first three months, Sacramento Regional Transit's ridership was up just 2.04 percent, according to American Public Transportation Association's transit ridership report. Yes, April saw a big increase and no doubt the Big Fix on Interstate 5 will have at least a temporary impact, but neighboring Elk Grove reported a 20.20 percent increase in ridership during the same period. Down in Stockton, the increase was better than 18 percent.

With the state screwing transit and the economy putting a damper on tax returns, I suppose everyone should be grateful for what we have. Still, I would like to see RT do more to promote its service. It saves money. It saves the environment. And the trade-off in time is more than made up by the reduction in stress.

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