Monday, March 30, 2009

Metro's Top Ten List for March 30, 2009

With the calendar showing March 30, the day Metro debuts its drastically reduced schedule, what better way to usher in the new era of Metro service cutbacks than a top ten list of the benefits to the St. Louis region for having reduced public transit services?

Number Ten: No comfy train waiting at the platform

Number Nine: A banner day for cab drivers

Number Eight: Cheery station agents have way more people waiting to greet them

Number Seven: Fewer times riding in a car getting stuck behind a bus stopped to pick up passengers

Number Six: Fewer "bus people" coming to the neighborhood

Number Five: At the end of the year, I have about $60 bucks more in my wallet

Number Four: No further Metrolink expansion for at least another 20 years

Number Three: Transit riders have increased waiting times to ride longer and more circuitous routes to their destinations.

Number Two: Speeds up our personal timeframe to buy a second car

and, The Number One reason to celebrate the region's reduction in public transportation services: Lots of free plastic bags all over town being used to cover up bus stop signs on closed routes

All joking aside, this situation sucks on a variety of levels. People depending on public transportation have fewer options. Neighborhoods looking to position themselves with the benefits of improved public transportation have to put their plans on hold. St. Louis is less connected.

A Metro staff person handing out the new reduced service schedule at the station this morning said they hoped these cut backs would be short lived. Without a replacement source of revenue, the question is, how?


Anonymous said...

MetroStink Rising.

Vincetastic said...

Hi Rick, this is a really great top ten list. My city has also reduced it's metro service, which is so unfortunate because they should really be increasing service and encouraging more people to take advantage of it. It is a much more sustainable way to commute. You can post this to our site and then link back to your site. We are looking for top ten lists and our users can track back to your site. The coolest feature is you can let other people vote on the rankings of your list.

Rick Bonasch said...

Metrolink was SRO from the Maplewood stop all the way to the BJC Health Center this morning.