There are several ways to judge public transit. Our recent Fact Check zeroed in on one measure, called the farebox recovery ratio, which measures cost effectiveness.
Here’s UCLA researcher Juan Matute on that metric:
… Matute also said judging the line entirely by its financial performance reveals the priorities of its planners.
“There’s a very businesslike focus about operating and always making sure there’s a return on investment,” he said. “In other parts of the state, transit is seen as a social service that connects people to jobs. That’s just not going to show up in (farebox recovery ratio).”
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