Re: Man's Inhumanity to Man- Or Micro Metro's relationship toall of this..
Date: 09-02-2023 - 14:07
> > ...Metro Micro...?
> For those of us not familiar with current LA
> jargon, pls elucidate?
This is the dial a ride fiasco for a dollar that was supposed to replace the 30% of route miles MTA cut during Covid in the great "restructuring". They duplicate the reasonably cost effective local dial a rides the Cities operate with a "dollar" ride, that costs somewhere between $50 and $70 per ride. More funding for this costly endeavor is coming up this Fall and as a very cynical betting man, I'm betting on the contractor's and assorted hangar's on, getting it.
The MTA has been quietly wasting a couple of billion or so on a whole lot of wasteful things, from unneeded $250,000 traffic circles, to unsafe $6 million bike lanes in Pasadena, to $250 million dollar "bus lanes" from Pasadena to Burbank (tearing up places like downtown Eagle Rock for 4 buses per hour in a bus lane with no travel time savings), to using money for freeway widening projects, and of course, even more hot lane and pricing studies, to figure out how to get a new source of income to support all of these contractors. MTA has been spending on low producivity (but lots of contracts for lots of contractors...) unneeded crap like this, all while completely neglecting the loss of 700,000 daily riders since 2014 (before any losses due to the Covid excuses) due to unreliable, unsafe, unsanitary trains and buses that have seen continous service cuts with longer waits, transfers, or no more bus service at all.
And, we have the Olympics coming in less than five years, so it might be time to pull our head's out and start doing the things that can actually make a difference like the twice postponed procurements for the LAUPT run through rail project.
The we don't care, screw transit ops and security, just take care of politicians and service the contractors management style has finally begun to result in serious consequences, beyond losing half of their riders. Now even "contractor" things like the UCLA Subway extension are having sudden cost and delay problems, after actually being "ahead" during Covid with a lot of site work.