ripple effect of metro’s troubles: plummeting bus ridership across the region

by:YEROO     2019-09-14
After years of growth, the bus system in the Washington area has seen relatively stable loss of passengers.
The key reason: the trouble of the subway.
Raymond Mui said: \"Our ridership has affected Metrorail\'s performance to a large extent, so if Metrorail ridership drops, our bus passengers will be the director of planning and scheduling at Alexander transportation, the company\'s dashboard system dropped by 4.
5% of the past two years
Compared with fiscal 6%, the number of subway weekday passengers dropped by 2015, and the number of weekend passengers dropped by 12 percentage points.
In addition, according to the second of the agency
Quarterly financial reports show that the number of passengers remained unchanged for 10 years.
The agency acknowledges that long service disruptions and operational dilemmas are leading to a decline as frustrated passengers abandon the system to find other options.
\"A lot of people don\'t take public transportation anymore because the subway becomes so unreliable,\" Mui said . \". “The single-
The tracking of weekends, the reduction of bus bridges and services has caused many people to stop using the subway.
However, Metro\'s overall decline cannot be blamed.
The declining bus passengers in the Washington area reflect a national trend, which experts say is due to a variety of factors, including changes in the job market, where natural gas prices have fallen, and other means of transport such as cycling and apps are becoming more and more popular
Basic services such as Uber and Lyft.
Transport officials said they were concerned that some passengers might return to their cars, at least for free use, although there was no evidence, they said, the reduction in traffic usage has led to worsening traffic congestion in the region.
\"We have more remote workers, more parts.
Time workers and fewer people in general are on a commuter trip, \"said Bob Griffiths, chief transportation planner at the Metropolitan Government Council in Washington.
\"It has an impact on both car travel and transportation.
Still, the poor service of the Metro seems to be a big factor.
Sixth largest metropolitan bus in America
The largest bus system with an average of 465,000 passengers per day, down 3% in the first half compared to the same period last year.
Even the strongest bus corridor in the area
Street 16 and street 14-
Experienced passengers dropped.
Subway officials acknowledge that \"there is evidence that the loss of rail passengers is affecting the bus.
For example, a busto-
There are more railway transfers than buses.
Only travel, Metro said.
However, the drop in regional bus systems is not as serious as the drop in suburban bus networks.
In addition to DASH, the bus systems in Arlington, ferfax, Montgomery and Prince George County also experienced passenger losses.
The drop in passenger numbers last quarter varied from 4% in Alexandria to 15% in Prince George.
\"It\'s not a particularly exciting, high
News of the end time of transit in the area, \"said Martin Harris, deputy director of transport for Prince George.
He said the disruption within the metro system led to a perception across the region that transit was not a good option.
\"If people do not believe that transit transport is efficient and effective, they tend to be more upset about what they do at a particular branch of the transit system.
\"Washington, where the federal government is located, is also more likely to be affected by actions that affect the federal labor force, such as isolation and reduction of federal transit subsidies.
The number of workers working remotely in the region has also increased significantly, in part because of the federal government\'s initiatives.
According to a study by the Washington government committee, as many as 27% of the Washington workforce works at least once a week from home, compared to 19% in 2007.
The decline in transit use is also a blow to the leaders of the region, who have been trying to get residents off the bus.
Major projects, including the Silver Line Metro expansion project, were touted as a way to attract more people to cross the border in an area traditionally dominated by cars.
The good news is that, so far, the decline in transit usage has not translated into an increase in driving, says Griffiths. Griffith has been studying the region\'s modes of transport for the past decade.
He said that the proportion of driving and transit commuting has been flat, and in recent years, the average mileage per person has been reduced from 26 miles to 23 miles.
The bad news, he said, is that traffic statistics from key points in the region showed traffic rising by about 2% in 2015.
But it is unclear how much of this is caused by commuters leaving the vehicle.
Mr. Griffith said natural gas prices averaged $1.
The metro area is $75 a gallon, about 50 cents lower than a year ago, the lowest in years, which could be the culprit.
The drop in bus capacity is still low, which is not a major issue, but they do indicate the need to revisit the current service.
David Snyder said: \"Frankly, many bus services in the Washington metro area were in the 1960 s, and if so, \"Chairman of the Northern Virginia Transportation Committee and member of the city council of Falls Church.
\"Just like we need to reinvest in Metrorail, we need to look at our bus service on a regional scale to make it more useful for people, so that when they turn from one service to another, they will not be on time.
We need to make it more attractive.
Better bus shelters and realtime bus-
Arrival information in the suburbs will be a start, Snyder said.
Some local officials say efforts are being made to integrate these facilities into places that are not yet available.
But, in addition to these enhancements, attracting more passengers needs to improve services, such as dedicated bus lanes that can deliver services faster and more frequently, Snyder said.
The traffic volume of the ferfax connector company fell by 8% in fiscal 2015, and the company is investing in real-time bus-
Arrival technology will be launched this year.
Despite the massive restructuring of the county\'s system, including the addition of 15 new routes to better serve the Silver Line opened in July 2014, passenger capacity is still declining.
Passengers on Prince George\'s car fell nearly 6% from fiscal 2013 to fiscal 2015, when the agency completed the installation of the bike rack on the bus last year, and officials said the plan should have been implemented long ago, but responded to the demands of the residents.
Officials in the area also said that the movement to get more people to use transportation was not in vain.
While bus passengers have experienced some losses, other areas have also grown, including the use of bicycles
Share system, capital bike sharing and more bike commuting.
In addition, this year the federal transit pre-tax benefits have been restored from $255 to $130 per month, which will help bring back some passengers.
It is also expected that Metro will make the best change under the leadership of the new general manager, Paul J.
Wiedefield and system $5 progress.
After years of follow-up work, 5 billion reconstruction was completed.
\"We believe that when the local rail finally caught up, when we were finally able to see more of the return to normal weekend service, we should be able to see the subway and the recovery of our local bus passengers, said Muy.
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