A great post by Daniel Hertz examining public transportation and looking at methods that can both approve and attract ridership for pubic transit.
Very often when I say the word “bus” out loud, someone will volunteer that they hate buses. The conversation might go like this:
ME: Bus ridership is down. It’s not clear why.
FRIEND: Have you considered the possibility that buses just suck?
I find these conversations frustrating, because the people I’m talking to are wrong, but I can’t actually get into why that is in a casual setting without being pedantic and annoying.
Fortunately, I have this blog, where the cost of being pedantic and annoying is much lower. So here we go: buses don’t suck. They suck because we make them suck.
Let’s take, for example, the boarding situation on the Fullerton bus at the Red/Brown/Purple L station heading west. This is a stop I board at a lot, because it’s the main way to get to Logan Square from the north lakefront neighborhoods. I am not the only…
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