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Jack Sprat July 12, 2014 at 03:12 PM
My goodness, Mr. Urgo, the best you can do is cite an article written in 2012 that uses someRead Moregeneral statistics to illustrate a point: that HART ridership is up for a variety of reasons but August is a soft month so it may go down...............Let's look at the latest APTA data collected from transit systems all over the country:............... The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) argues that a 0.7 percent increase in annual transit ridership in 2013 is proof that Americans want more “investments” in transit – by which the group means more federal funding. However, a close look at the actual data reveals something entirely different................. It turns out that ALL of the increase in transit ridership took place in New York City. New York City subway and bus ridership grew by 120 million trips in 2013; nationally, transit ridership grew by just 115 million trips. Add in New York commuter trains (Long Island Railroad and Metro North) and New York City transit ridership grew by 123 million trips, which means transit in the rest of the nation declined by 8 million trips. As the New York Times observes, the growth in New York City transit ridership resulted from “falling unemployment,” not major capital improvements............ Meanwhile, light-rail and bus ridership both declined in Portland, which is often considered the model for new transit investments. Light-rail ridership grew in Dallas by about 300,000 trips, but bus ridership declined by 1.7 million trips. Charlotte light rail gained 27,000 new rides in 2013, but Charlotte buses lost 476,000 rides. Declines in bus ridership offset part or all of the gains in rail ridership in Chicago, Denver, Salt Lake City, and other cities. Rail ridership declined in Albuquerque, Baltimore, Minneapolis, Sacramento, and on the San Francisco BART system, among other places................
Jack Sprat July 12, 2014 at 03:12 PM
You still have not answered the question: ................ the $148 million/year sales tax is notRead Moreen ough to pay for the train. PSTA is assuming they will receive $1.2 BILLION (50% of the cost) from state and federal grants to build the train. This money is NOT guaranteed; the assumption is based on prior grants and there is no assurance of future grants........................... Not one PSTA official or Greenlight supporter, including you, Mr. Urgo, has actually answered one simple question: ..... What if we pass Greenlight and the (assumed) state and federal grants are not funded? ........................ Will the BOCC raise the sales tax another 1% to fund the shortfall? Re-institute the property tax? Borrow another $1.2 BILLION?................... All the facts are carefully hidden on the Greenlight site: http://www.psta.net/PDF/Greenlight%20Pinellas%20Preliminary%20Financial%20Feasibility%20Analysis.pdf.................
phyllis dodge July 12, 2014 at 04:22 PM
very good point thank you.
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