There's an attack on our mass transit system.
And, no, I'm not talking about the folks who want 10 lane freeways and wouldn't get on MAX if you paid 'em to.
I'm talking Tri-Met. I'm talking about flipping the bird to 8% of its customers, those of us who take the #14 Hawthorne.
Yeah, yeah, we're redoing the mall. Whoo-hoo. But during two and half years of construction, the #14 into downtown...well, not so much anymore. SW 2nd is as far downtown as it goes, despite the fact that most riders don't get off there and actually want to GET downtown... y'know Broadway, Pioneer Square, Chinatown. Well, we'll have no more of that!
And you know why? Because some genius figured if we keep the #14 off the relocated mall, they'll be room for everyone else! So we #14ers will be all by ourselves, traveling along 2nd. And when we're homeward bound? It's over the Morrison Bridge we go.
The Morrison Bridge? Isn't this the #14 Hawthorne? Well, sure, but won't the change of scenary be nice, that extra loop through the SE industrial district. 15-17 extra minutes tops, Tri-Met assures us.
Assured us at the public hearing about bus line relocations? Nah...this was Plan B, that came after the public hearings. Fact is, few folks know about what's about to happen to their commutes. Few people know that 8% of Tri-Met's ridership will now be boarding on three --count 'em, three!-- bus stops downtown.
Tri-Met says they know it'll be "inconvenient." My guess is they're hoping we stop taking the bus...the only way this absurd plan will work.
Hey, Tri-Met? Back at ya!