Quantcast
728 x 90
728 x 90
728 x 90
728 x 90
728 x 90



  • The Transit Overtime Scandal0

    • January 10, 2013

    The Oregonian reports that drivers for TriMet, Portland’s transit agency, are taking so much overtime that many get little sleep. Paying for overtime costs taxpayers a lot of money and the lack of sleep creates hazardous situations. This TriMet light-rail train crashed into the bumpers at the end of the line because, investigators found, the […]

    READ MORE
  • San Jose Transit Is Still Near the Top0

    • December 31, 2012

    That is, near the top of the list of the nation’s worst transit systems, says the San Jose Mercury-New. “The near-empty trolleys that often shuttle by at barely faster than jogging speeds serve as a constant reminder that the car is still king in Silicon Valley,” says the paper, “and that the Valley Transportation Authority’s […]

    READ MORE
  • Private Transit in Detroit0

    • October 22, 2012

    The Detroit Bus Company, a private operator, is offering $5 door-to-door service in inner Detroit. So far, the service only operated from 6:00 pm to 2:00 am on Fridays and Saturday nights, but if this is successful, it will no doubt expand. Service area for Detroit Bus’ door-to-door operation. Within a certain operating area, the […]

    READ MORE
  • Private Buses or Public Boondoggles0

    • October 16, 2012

    A team of graphics artists has attempted to map the private buses that carry workers from San Francisco to Silicon Valley, reports the Wall Street Journal. At least six employers–Apple, ebay, Electronic Arts, Facebook, Google, and Yahoo–offer such services, but they are very secretive about where they go and how many people they carry. Click […]

    READ MORE
  • “Just One-Seventh of Capacity”0

    • October 15, 2012

    The San Francisco Chronicle is aghast that new 140-seat ferry boats between South San Francisco and Oakland/Alameda are filling an average of just 20 of their seats (scroll down to “On the line”). The service, which cost $42 million to start up, was expensive enough at projected ridership rates, but actual ridership so far is […]

    READ MORE
  • Privatize or Contract Out?0

    • September 27, 2012

    The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) spends $50 million more than its peers on employee benefits, says KPMG in an audit of the agency. Reducing benefits to national average levels (easier said than done) and contracting out some services such as cleaning would allow MARTA to erase a $33 million deficit in its annual […]

    READ MORE