Two nice pieces of reporting from the Stranger today:
The Link bike rack doesn’t appear to work so well in practice:
They really did seem like the first bikes that had ever been hung there: Whoever had designed them had evidently never tried putting a bike in it. The handlebars jutted so far into the aisle it was difficult getting around them, and as soon as the train started moving they swung dangerously at standing passengers. Several of the guys who had designed the visual displays in all the stations were standing nearby talking, and one of them was preoccupied by the poorly designed bike rack and kept talking about how he would reconfigure it. “I think you have to lose one of those seats,” he said, pointing to a pair of seats across the aisle from the rack.
Dominic Holden reports Metro is not collecting as many 5 million fares a year (out of 400 million rides), but he isn’t all that concerned about it. The figure is highly questionable, as many commenters on Slog have pointed out.