July 21, 2006
It's been a great week for Portland Streetcar:
- On Wednesday the Oregon Transportation Commission awarded $2.1M of Connect Oregon funds to cap off the funding plan for the Lowell Extension.
- On Thursday the Metro Council unanimously adopted the Locally Preferred Alternative for the Eastside Streetcar, completing a sweep of unanimous votes from local governments and launching the detailed design process and work on developing an application for Federal funding.
- Today we celebrate Streetcar's fifth birthday and 10,000,000th rider.
July 21, 2006 8:56 AM
Brian Newman Says:
Now comes the hard part... convincing FTA to fund the project despite their interim rules that will most likely rate the project as not being cost-effective and coming up with a new source of revenue to fund annual operations and maintenance. It is worth celebrating this week, but the next 18 months will make the past three years look like a walk in the park.
July 21, 2006 9:12 AM
So I'm kind of guessing that the 10 mil number is generated by some statistical methods or something.
Could you, would you mind explaining how exactly that number is derived I'm rather curious.
I would guess it could be more/less by about 5%, maybe even as high as 10-20%. (I'm also thinking the 10 mil number might be a bit conservative, which isn't a bad thing.)
July 21, 2006 9:39 AM
Chris Smith Says:
As you suspect, it's statistical. We do quarterly ridership surveys to establish weekday, Saturday and Sunday ridership levels.
The calculation actually pegged the date as sometime next week. But since we could easily be +/- a month, why not tie it to our birthday!
The 10,000,000 rider will be 'honorary'.
P.S. Brian is absolutely right. The hard work is just starting. But for this week I'm ignoring that and PARTYING!
July 21, 2006 4:17 PM
Ron Swaren Says:
How many of those riders avail themselves of the $75 Annual Pass? Or travel in Fareless Square or get on knowing they won't get checked for fare. I can see why this vehicle would have a lot of 'patrons.'
July 24, 2006 12:06 AM
Regardless of fare or no fare (cuz technically, barely anyone pays), it's still an impressive number. 10 mil. :)
Speaking of that, what are the intentions of the east side? Somewhere, someway, somehow the Streetcar has GOT to start comping for operations somehow. I'm a bit nuts, but I'd pay full fare if I got my transit tax money back. :) Otherwise I'd still be happy to pay a buck or two just to have increased frequency and a ticket collector. :)
July 24, 2006 12:09 AM
btw - When I say full fare I mean a solid $1.00 a mile to cover operations, infrastructure, and capitol... which a buck per mile (plus or minus a few cents) SHOULD cover all of those things.