7 Responses to Pic of the Day: Who thinks we are underserved by public transit?

  1. Rodney says:

    You should see the 163rd st bus stop in front of the 163rd street mall.

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  2. Rima says:

    Wow, that looks like Cuba.

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  3. Markus says:

    nice one … do we know whether this is an everyday occurrence? in light of this (or maybe not), why does it seem difficult for many people to get a ticket at the ticket vending machines? shouldn’t there be a direct way to buy a single ticket - and who would one have to talk to about that?

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  4. Felipe Azenha says:

    Markus,

    This is a pretty regular occurrence. Pre-ticket purchase is a great idea. I don’t think it is available for bus service. It’s been awhile since I used the bus, besides who would want to use it, unless you really have to?

    Waiting in a queue like this makes transit unattractive to use. Unfortunately, I’m forced to drive my car because public transit is undeserved. Waiting in a line like this under the hot sun, without any shelter, only to have to wait 10 minutes to pay my fare to board a cramped bus, and then having to stand the remainder of my journey (no seat available) does not sound very enticing.

    You can thank Miami Dade Transit for this.

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  5. Transitnerd says:

    This is a very common occurrence. This is why people only take it when it is their only option. The photo is pretty much a sad commentary on the state of our view of transit…

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  6. Mike Moskos says:

    Here’s the ridership reports: http://www.miamidade.gov/transit/news_technical_reports.asp

    The “S” is the busiest route: 394,693 boardings for June 2010 (the latest month reported).

    Hard to believe, but ridership is down. BTW: most of the times I take buses, they’re 1/4 to 1/2 full, today (a Saturday) I was on 8 of them in Dade and Broward. 7 of the 8 were standing room only; 2 were so busy, people could barely get in. I often talk to people while waiting; more report giving up their car because they can no longer afford it.

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  7. Mike Moskos says:

    I wanted to add one more thing, even though it is a little off topic:

    Let’s give a big hats off to Broward County for finally cleaning up the men’s restroom at their main bus terminal in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Previously, it was arguably the most disgusting bathroom in South Florida. They finally cleaned up the slippery black stains extending for feet on the floor around the urinals, painted over all the graffiti, etc. Who says the county commissioners don’t care about people who ride buses? (Not that any county commissioner would be caught dead using a public bus or especially a restroom at a public bus terminal . . .)

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