Monday, March 28, 2011

Good Luck With That

Transportation trolls who fight rail by arguing that buses are better, then fight buses based on, well, FREEDOM FROM ALL TAXATION, always argue that one reason buses are better is that their routes are more flexible. That's true in theory, but in practice all it takes is one stakeholder - as in, bus passenger - to lose their shit about a service change and get their local councilperson to do something about it. So, yes, I do applaud a pilot program to try to speed up a bus route by reducing the frequency of stops along a segment of it from every block to every other block, but all it'll take is one little old lady who, understandably, doesn't want to walk that extra block to mess with the plan. It's what happened last time they tried.