Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Portland -- Camelot of Rail Transit -- Struggles to pay the bills!

"Reduced revenue and federal funding, combined with unsustainable employee costs, are making it difficult for the Oregon city to stay on top."

Read the profile in "Governing the States and Localities" here.  It ain't a pretty picture where Mayor Mallory wants to take us:
leaders of a region long known for a commitment to multimodal transportation will have to increase fares and reduce service to balance budgets in 2013...
Transit systems nationwide are facing budget shortfalls similar to those of Portland -- and in some cases vastly larger.
Take note: While this train wreck is happening all around us, the business community is sitting on its hands.

2 comments:

  1. John Schnieder is full of BSMarch 21, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    Shoot, I hope nobody sees this. Kind of like I hope all of the people I conned into thinking a live an automobile-free lifestyle don't see me driving my partner's car.

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  2. Riding in Brad Thomas' CarMarch 23, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    What's wrong with advocating a no-car lifestyle while driving around in yours or your girlfriend's car?

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