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Steve Fouga

"It’s a simple matter of numbers, and the numbers don’t look good."

I hope they'll drop the trolleys if those numbers look bad.

Katherine Maxwell

First, the trolley’s ridership in a few months has already surpassed all of Island Transit for the entire year. Over 86,000 riders.

Secondly, the trolley’s are not funded by any local tax dollars (sales or property) or federal dollars. They are 100% funded by hotel occupancy tax collected from visitors. This is restrictive money that can only be used for tourist related activity. Island Transit and the trolley’s have no relation whatsoever visa vie funding or ridership. - Brian Maxwell

Steve Fouga

Thanks, Brian. I wondered about the funding source.

And I really meant the railed trolleys. They have enjoyed mediocre-to-poor ridership in the past; at least that's what I've observed. Maybe this time will be different.

Joel Martin

This sounds like Beaumont's problem. It's been reported that their operating expense versus their ridership is so high they could actually buy every passenger a new car for what they spend. Maybe paying for a cab ride for them would be a better deal.

Ron Binkley

Uber anyone?

Kelly Naschke

Speaking of Uber...has the city identified the impact of Uber on mass transit since its introduction back into the market. It may we’ll prove that privatization of mass transit has stifled the demand of public transportation. I know you lefties are going to hate that concept, but the proof is in the numbers...or lack thereof. Also, does citing the numbers for the rubber wheel trolleys take into consideration for the time that it was free and riders were only riding for the novelty aspect? And why do the bus stops on the sea wall appear to be more widely used by the homeless than for their intended purpose?

Bryan Manuele

Its a little difficult for me to make out the meaning of Kelly's comment seems to be at least 3 things going on. Are you suggesting IT riders have shifted to Uber? Hasnt there always been taxi and other transport Services on the Island? Did Uber cause a great sucking sound in ridership? 2. Not sure what the inference of "Lefties' implies or the philosophy behind it . Is IT seen as an ' entitlement program.? The 3rd issue about the trolley I think has been beautifully clarified. So, Im curious what you'd recommend be the fate of IT and why?

Jarvis Buckley

Jelly that's a great question you asked. But the silence is deafening .

Jarvis Buckley

So sorry Kelly. It's hell getting old.

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