Freeway Flyer Program Thrown Under The Bus
Michael Horne makes a good point about the relative lack of coordination between the Freeway Flyer program and the “normal” bus routes. I’ve never ridden one, but I know a lot of people who use them to get to work downtown. Each rider represents one fewer car downtown, which is great in terms of environmental impact but less than stellar when it comes to the depressive effect those fewer cars have on downtown parking rates. I guess we’ll start to notice slightly higher (but not really that high) parking rates if this actually comes to fruition.
The problem with cutting routes, even when they’re inefficient or poorly coordinated, is that it’s the exact opposite message we should be sending to the already transit-leary public. So many people are simply afraid to ride the bus, either because of a perceived (in most areas) lack of safety or a general unease with trying something different. But encouraging its use is in the best interests of the County and businesses alike, since it helps to reduce traffic congestion and provides cost-conscious families with an alternative to $6,000 per year in automobile expenses and thus more money to spend around town.