Eugene’s BRT service is great! Check out the adorable video, complete with butterflies and whistling music. Hmm, though – they sure seem to make an effort to be anti-rail – note the line at the end: “There and back, with no clickety-clack.”
Apparently avoiding “clickety-clack” (which doesn’t exist on modern rail systems anyway) wasn’t such a great idea after all: fuel prices are forcing the Lane Transit District board to cut service – possibly dramatically, with some routes potentially going from 30 minute headways to 1 hour headways, some routes being completely eliminated, and increases in fares. Their base fare is already going up from $1.25 to $1.50 on July 1st, and that doesn’t eliminate the $2-3 million shortfall in their $36 million budget.
So, next time you ask yourself “When was the last time a bus route disappeared?” – here’s your answer, and it’s only going to get worse. All these areas have hydroelectric power with stable prices, too – I learned on a trip to Grand Coulee Dam last year, for example, that they have never increased their rates, and don’t plan to. MAX won’t be going anywhere, and nor will Link.