Suburb to Suburb

Jim Mayer has a stark piece in Sunday’s O about the difficulty of moving between suburbs on transit (with accompanying map [PDF, 2.5M] and analysis of potential solutions).

There’s no denying the problem, but how do we make the economics work for relatively lower-density/ridership routes (or are there high-ridership potential routes)? I was struck by the fact that small transit districts seem to do this better and more economically. Is TriMet burdened with costs that these districts don’t have?

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