My town has a bus system called “SunTran”. You see the empty buses around town. Rarely, a passenger, although you do see more now that the economy is bad.
It sends buses around four routes roughly covering the major transportation routes in our town:
But if you miss the bus, the next one won’t come for 40 minutes.
Given it is 115 or hotter in the summer, I’m not too keen on waiting 40 minutes and then walking an additional mile to my actual destination. At $2.50 it is about what gas costs to run me somewhere in town, at a much more expensive time cost.
The city spends $2.4 million dollars a year for this. And that bugs me. That is a lot of money for a town our size. And a lot to pay for 1 hour service. It would be better spent incentivizing private services to build up that would provide faster, more personalized group riding with dozens of vehicles instead of one bus a route. After citizens learn the new, private, system can get them where they are going fast and out of the heat, the city could cut back on the subsidy, eventually eliminating it.
Alas, this will not happen. It makes too much sense for the people, but not a lick for city bureaucrats.