Comment 52509

By John Neary (registered) | Posted December 02, 2010 at 12:06:38

@realitycheck:

As we have seen in recent news articles, HSR's current budget is already hard-pressed to meet the ridership needs on its buses as it is. The new LRT needs to generate enough income to cover its operational costs or else it will become an additional strain on a transit operational budget already at its breaking point. The city must demonstrate that there will be an increase in fare-paid ridership and other LRT-related revenue streams sufficient to cover the operational costs associated with the LRT system.

I think you meant to say:

As we have seen in recent news articles, Public Works' current budget is already hard-pressed to meet the maintenance needs on its roads as it is. The new RHVP needs to generate enough income to cover its operational costs or else it will become an additional strain on a roads operational budget already at its breaking point. The city must demonstrate that there will be an increase in tolls and other road-related revenue streams sufficient to cover the operational costs associated with the RHVP system.

We don't ask our roads to pay for themselves. We pay for them out of general tax revenues (which is dumb, but it's what we do.) Why hold public transit to a higher standard?

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