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phyllis dodge July 06, 2014 at 01:45 PM
I travel bus routes all the time. why are all the buses empty?. why don't I see you green PinellasRead Morea board?. There is no need for that here. I vote no no no. Fix the system we have. There are so many empty buses than we need to fix that. some route don't have many buses.....fill the buses than maybe.....it is not a known fact that less cars will be used . I vote no tax for tracks. I have heard both sides fairly and I still say no. money sure could be used elsewhere.....we vote NO!
Stephen Urgo July 06, 2014 at 04:57 PM
Actually PSTA ridership has increased. That said, you may see an occasional empty bus becauseRead Morecurren t bus services are limited and too infrequent. Increased routes and services including more weekend and nighttime service are among the many reasons ridership will increase. See the plan: greenlightpinellas.com
Jack Sprat July 06, 2014 at 06:22 PM
Mr. Urgo - You are referring to absolute numbers rather than the percentage of people riding theRead Morebus es.............. The ridership in May 2014 was less than May, 2013 - but that is not significant ..... In the late 1940s and early 1950s, ridership was nearly 40% of the population. Many students rode the buses to school and back home after...........Now actual use of buses is less than 2% of the population. The most recent census (2010) states that only 1.6% use the buses to go to work......The percentage utilization is lower and the costs to taxpayers are significantly higher because of lower utilization......If there are so many people who want to use public transit, then where are they? Why are we seeing so many buses that are empty or have very few people on board?.......More buses may attract a few more riders. Trains in other cities have proven to reduce bus ridership. ....... Those 9,000 people projected to be riding the train in 2035 would be riding buses if we didn't build the train, right? Then why take $2.5 BILLION from taxpayers to build a train when we can expand the bus system by 65% for only $300 million?.......THERE IS NO NEED FOR A TRAIN! ............. NO NEED FOR A $148 million/year sales tax!... ...........You still have not answered the question: ................ the $148 million/year sales tax is not enough 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.................
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