Sunday, November 21, 2010

'Passengerless' Bus to Nowhere

When someone can say that they do not own a bus company, but that non-existent company is doing far better than one that actually exists, there is something wrong with the situation.

http://jammiewearingfool.blogspot.com/2010/11/your-tax-dollars-at-work-bus-to-nowhere.html

"Another case study in brilliant strategic thinking. All on your dime, of course.
A new shuttle bus service began last month that runs a 21-mile route from Vernon to Hardyston for Manhattan-bound commuters — and it only costs $1. Unfortunately, it hasn’t had any passengers yet.

The non-profit commuter group that arranged for the shuttles hasn’t given up hope yet, but soon, it may have to.
Good thing they're a non-profit group. At the current rate they may make a profit somewhere around 2165, if only they can find some riders.
"At some point we may have to consider" abandoning the idea, said Don Watt, vice president of TransOptions, a Cedar Knolls-based group whose mission is to reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality in northern New Jersey.
Don Watt's a quick learner, obviously. Even a man of his stature--hey, he's a vice president already--can actually realize a bus line with zero riders probably isn't worth the effort.
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