How To Fix Metro Transit (PART 1): “Out Of Service”

Before I begin the first part of this series, I want to quickly say why I am even writing it.

I tend to be a vocal person when it comes to my hatred for Metro Transit and it’s many, many faults. That said, I feel that there are some simple changes that can be made to fix the clearly broken system. Since Metro Transit, as an organization, has no intentions on doing it themselves, I am going to suggest a few.

My first suggestion is the elimination of something called “Out Of Service” busses.

Today, for example, I arrived at the bus terminal JUST in time to see my connection pulling away. I had to wait 30 minutes for the next one. In that time, 6 busses came and went from the terminal, 5 of which were “Out Of Service”. They all headed off in the direction of the bus garage… which happens to mean they drive DIRECTLY past my house. I stood in absolute RAGE about this until the next bus came.

Here’s a thought, Metro Transit… what if, when a bus goes “Out Of Service,” it takes on a number & letter that represents the fact that it’s not a full route. For instance, if it’s headed to the bus garage from the bridge terminal, it becomes the “52A Bus Garage” and takes the same route as the 52 Burnside would. And if it’s going out of service to make it to the Mumford terminal from the bridge you could call it the “52A Mumford” and take the same route as the 52 Bayers Lake would.

The Point is, that from the moment a bus leaves the garage, it should be available to the public. As a transit user, nothing is worse than standing on the side of the road waiting for a bus to come (usually with no shelter), when 3 or 4 “Out Of Service” busses roll past headed to the same place as me, and any one of them could have taken me.

So ELIMINATING “Out Of Service” busses altogether would go a LONG way to alleviating the frustration many transit users feel while getting ignored by gas-wasting “Out Of Service” busses.

Well, that’s my opinion, anyway. Thoughts, everyone?

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