Tuesday, July 7, 2009

New MAX hurts bus riders

I cannot rejoice over the new MAX line from
Clackamas Town Center to downtown because bus riders are being shortchanged.

First, TriMet cuts bus lines and frequency of service. My own line has been cut so much -- only running a few times each week day -- that it's essentially worthless. I now have to walk more than half a mile to catch a bus.

Then, TriMet downgraded the world-class transit mall by cutting the number of bus stops in half. Now, TriMet proposes to eliminate Fareless Square for bus riders but not for MAX riders. The agency is demonstrating that it considers bus riders second-class citizens.



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