The City of Austin is spending how much of our tax dollars in a tight economy on a city wide light rail system that continues to have low ridership hovering around 850 daily weekday riders? The latest report from CapMetro tells a telling tale.
File this under reason 850 that we need single member districts for Austin City Council seats so the voters have a chance of electing some new blood into the Austin political system. It just so happens that single member districts might result in a gasp, moderate, or even more shocking a Republican elected to the Austin City Council.
Keep in mind that the about 850 average daily weekday riders represents a potential trip to and from home, so that 850 daily riders figure potentially only represents about 425 actual individuals taking presumably round trips on MetroRail.
How low do you think the MetroRail ridership is on the weekends?
Compare the MetroRail ridership to the comparatively successful CapMetro programs below.