Our local transit system and how it compares with other cities has spurred a lot of comments in the past few weeks, including one highlighted below. Readers also weigh in on Mayor Bob Filner’s continuing sexual harassment scandal and the demise of the local Film Commission.
• Mike Richards on “How San Diego’s Transit System Stacks Up Nationally, in Four Charts“:
What these graphics show is true both in San Diego and California in general. We spend too much time and money to provide a service that the vast super majority of persons don’t want or won’t use unless its a temporary solution. One example is there is a higher bang for the buck in “carpooling” than using public transportation. For the amount of money spent to build out light rail or the stupid bus rapid transit, we could provide van pools for a lot less money and a smaller workforce on the public dole. San Diego will never have a ridership above 8 to 10 percent even if they could offer 24/7 service, which they don’t. Provide services direct from the housing areas to work areas without having to go to downtown first. And get the cost down to reasonable levels. Under current “union mandates” this will never happen because the workers tell the employer when and where they work rather than the other way around. When it takes over 1 1/2 hours to get from say Lemon Grove to the businesses in Miramar with a minimum of two transfers and assuming you don’t waste 15-30 minutes waiting for next leg of trip, no one will give up their personal transportation mode to sit in traffic with buses. Even at today’s cost of gasoline, insurance and maintenance, it costs less than subsidized bus and light rail. …We could all buy a hybrid or electric vehicle for less money.
• Julie Wright on “The Film Commission’s Big Cliffhanger“: