Comment 35102

By Meredith (registered) - website | Posted November 02, 2009 at 14:57:51

While I agree with the premise that keeping transit affordable and accessible is a good thing, that only goes so far -- it needs to be efficient and pleasant as well.

Continuing to keep it affordable without working on the latter two means HSR will continue to shoot itself in the foot and decrease ridership - it needs to be very good before a wide section of people will ride it.

What they cannot do is wait until they get a lot of riders and additional fare revenue to make it better when their current practices are driving customers away, and they'd need an insane upswing in numbers for that ever to happen.

That said, the fare increase isn't how I'd finance a better system in the first place, nor is it how the city should base its financing of the HSR.

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