Skagit Valley Herald
How long must all of us Skagit
taxpayers keep pouring our money into a
bus system that fewer than 2 percent of
us use? We've pumped $50 million plus
into that money-hungry green beast since
1993 while ridership has plummeted.
Politically, SKAT loves to blame I-695
cutbacks and fares for fewer riders but
they know ridership actually peaked in
1997 then started downhill 2 years
before I-695 and 4 years before fares
After operating for 9 years while
county population grew and ridership
fell it is obvious, even to SKAT, that
their fixed-route operation is a flop.
The vast majority of us, over 98
percent, don't want to ride in a bus.
Indeed, nothing SKAT does or can do will
change our minds. Skagit is not King,
Pierce or Snohomish County. Their needs
are not our needs. A metro-style
anytime, anywhere system in our county
is ridiculous. Paltry ridership proves
When you discover you're riding a
dead horse, the best strategy is to
dismount. But SKAT has other strategies
including buying stronger whips, i.e.
more buses, declaring the dead horse is
better, faster, and cheaper, and finally
harnessing several dead horses together
for more speed. More buses with more
empty seats pounding our streets will
not reduce traffic congestion, take cars
off the road, reduce dust and noise, or
lower air pollution.
SKAT must focus on serving
Dial-A-Ride and its dependent
fixed-route riders on today's income.
Tax increase? Vote no.
Les Cox, Anacortes