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

Monday, January 26, 2009

Rolling with Sacramento Regional Transit

Sacramento Regional Transit finished 2008 with total ridership 8.68 percent higher than the year before, according to the general manager's report to the board tonight. And, of course, the bus ridership increase of 3.88 percent comes despite a 5 percent reduction in service at the beginning of the year. Here's hoping this year's fare increase doesn't hurt ridership.

There are a number of interesting tidbits in the report, which I've embedded below. The settlement in the Highway 50 HOV suit is going to speed improvements to the Folsom line. I especially appreciate that the settlement covers the operating costs for three years. The way the governor keeps taking money away from RT as he attempts to bail the red ink out of the sinking ship of state -- perhaps RT can sue the state and get Caltrans to cover operating costs for the rest of the system.

Sacramento Regional Transit GM Report for Jan. 26, 2009

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