Skip to comments.Michiganís Most Expensive Mass Transit Agencies
Posted on 05/03/2011 1:06:15 PM PDT by MichCapCon
Even at a price now above $4, a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline will move the typical personal car and its passengers at least 20 miles and often much further. But according to the most recent data available from the federal government's National Transit Database, two of Michigans public transit agencies report that $4 isnt enough spending for them to move just a single rider even a single mile. In both cases, NTD data shows that the agencies charge riders less than 10 percent of the operating cost spent to move them around, with state and local taxpayers picking up at least two-thirds of the rest.
For 2009, the last year of data reported online for NTD, just four of the states 15 largest transit and bus systems reached this level of user support. For those systems that do not hit the 20 percent level of user support, the proposal would penalize them by reducing their funding from the states Comprehensive Transportation Fund. The CTF is funded by taking a portion of the gas tax revenue and other road tax money paid by motorists.
The bill is co-sponsored by Republicans Ken Yonker of Caledonia and Tom Hooker of Byron Center.
Moving one person a single mile on Detroits People Mover required an average of $4.28 in 2009, and according to the NTD, rider fares covered only 7 percent of the operating cost. State and local taxpayers picked up more than 80 percent of the remaining cost.
But the record for both costliest transit rides and lowest rider support in 2009 was set on the other side of the state.
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For anyone who asks, even with the gas taxes we pay, why our roads and bridges continue to crumble, this would be the answer. If transit users had to pay more of the costs of ridership, then transit agencies would have to find ways to cut costs and lower prices.
When riders are only paying 7% of the cost, you simply can’t justify continuing to run. Time to tear the people mover down and sell it for scrap, it would be a better deal.
Disband the transit agency and hire private cabs.