The RT service cuts announced last night will hurt pretty bad. On a personal note, this rider loses 3 of his regular routes including the beloved (for some reason) 50E. Apparently the cuts were not as bad as expected, though since money doesn’t grow on trees, one doesn’t relish the sound of the other shoe dropping someday on the “last-minute agreement between the governor and Democratic legislators” that freed up an additional $12 million for RT.
The cuts also kept RT from having to make deeper cuts to security at stations and on trains, though with the cuts to bus routes there is presumably less need for security. There are not as many redundant lines in RT’s system, so the reality is some people are just not going to be able to ride. I’d rather have seen across the board cuts including cuts to security since that makes more sense. Security is basically a non-presence, in my experience. So are ticket-checkers. How’s that for a revenue generator? I haven’t been asked for my pass on a light rail train in months.