I bike; therefore, I jam
Once in awhile I will take public transportation, i.e. TriMet. It's a rare occasion since I am a die hard and will bike in the utmost horrid conditions with pleasure. That's just a side plug for increased bike support.
The main point here. I have watched TriMet fares jump quite considerably. Was it not too long ago that a general adult all zone ticket cost $1.75? It was something around there. Then as gas prices were climbing, that ticket price began to edge up. Now I'm looking at a $2.30 fare to travel in one direction as an adult. The overall round trip for the day is $4.60, or $1.10 more than before.
Okay, I don't use it everyday. I bike for free most days with my other beautiful bike commuters. If you did use TriMet, however, then that could tack on an additional $275 each year to your daily commute to work (for instance).
Should TriMet be forced to reduce their ticket prices now that the financial bubble has burst and gas prices have dropped considerably? Is there any reason for keeping the ticket price this high still?
Email TriMet if you agree that they should recalibrate prices and help riders, many of whom are low income and could use a fare bailout.