The Daily Post had an interesting front page article yesterday titled "Mass transit ridership drops: Despite billions in subsidies". I'll just retype a couple of factoids that caught my eye:
A new study by the Metropolitan Transportation Committee, or MTC, found that there has been a 3% overall transit ridership increase over the past two decades, but per capita usage of transit has dropped 14% since 1991, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Bay Area residents took 1.35 million trips on public transportation on a typical weekday in 2013, according to the MTC study. That is an increase over recession numbers, but it is still lower than peak ridership in 2001.
The article points out that even new transit routes "clearly don't match where the jobs are going" and mentions that the campus-style business centers on the Peninsula are not linked to mass transit. Newsflash: our $69-100 billion dollar high-cost rail system will not do a thing to solve any of this.