Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Welcome Aboard

I'll be posting both Laurels and Lances on various news stories as well as activities of public transit systems across North America. An award site, if you will, to reward or chastise public transit agencies.

Being interested in public transit operations for my entire life, I find public transit drifting off course as time goes on. Too often the focus is no longer on service but on the frills that do little but cost transit systems much needed operating money.

Many of the stories on this blog will deal with the Port Authority of Allegheny County. Why this particular operation? Mainly because it's my home based transit system and is perhaps one of the most screwed up transit systems in North America.

Many transit operations today have lost focus on their true mission, which is to provide transit service. They think paint jobs, glitzy marketing and expensive transit projects will attract the masses. These operations fail to realize that it's reliable service that takes people where they need to go that attract the ridership.

Even with all the waste that occurs, some systems also need to be recognized as well for doing what they should be doing.

I hope you enjoy this blog.

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