I should get one day of free riding for what they put me through today.
That’ s what happens here in Melbourne, free rides if timetables aren’t met I mean.
...nah, here they just say tough luck, wait for the next bus or tram (if that ones shows up) and pay your (high) fare as usual.
For all the spin the commission puts on it, our light rail system is so vulnerable. Just last week alone, segments of it were out of service or experienced huge delays on several occasions due to mechanical failures or “incidents” caused by other vehicles. One day all four lines were seriously impacted when some maroon in a car took out the signals at the busiest junction in the city where all the lines converge. This still leaves me unconvinced that light rail is the “be all and end all” in transit l compared to buses (which can be detoured around trouble spots). Just wish we could convince our local commission of the fact.
Because I cannot afford 100$ up front a monthly pass as (I also have these obligations like rent and bills due at the same time) it costs me about 140$ a month using trip tickets as those are the only other option available. Oh they have a seven-day and fourteen-day pass available, but for many, these are useless as you can only get them from ticket machines which are of course “conveniently” located along the light rail line. I live nowhere near a light rail stop (as do many here) and it requires taking two buses, adding an extra 35 - 40 min, out of the way travel, as well as having to pay an additional fare to get to one. Another rub is that these passes are instantly activated upon purchase, so if you want to buy one, say a day in advance when you are in an area with a ticket machine, you lose a day’s worth of riding. Basically they are sticking it to the low income riders such as myself who live on a paycheque to paycheque budget. I could save about 36 - 38$ a month if they still sold these passes at retail outlets (such s the corner market where I live) like they used to.
[...and these automated ticket machines are notorious for playing “one armed bandits” as they frequently malfunction. Also many are not in constantly monitored areas. The latter is a concern, as the machines can easily be tampered with by identity thieves to steal card and PIN numbers through a process known as “skimming”]
While the weather is still nice (and has been surprisingly so this fall) I limit my riding to only the weekdays to keep costs down and use my bike to get around on weekends. Once the cold rains and winds return though (that run almost into June), I’ll have to pony up an extra 5$ a day to run my weekend errands making it 35$ instead of 25$ a week.
What really irks me is in Austin TX, I can get a monthly “local” bus pass (good only on the regular bus routes - which doesn’t bother me as I rarely use the light rail system here anyway) for less than a what seven days of riding costs me here.
...and Austin is bigger than Portland.