I am an Ultra-Conservative, Alpha-Male, True Authentic Leader, Type "C" Personality, who is very active in my community; whether it is donating time, clothes or money for Project Concern or going to Common Council meetings and voicing my opinions. As a blogger, I intend to provide a different viewpoint "The way I see it!" on various world, national and local issues with a few helpful tips & tidbits sprinkled in.
Just a small sampling of what was in the article:
"Riders used the bike racks on Milwaukee Country Transit buses 9,400 times in the first eight months of the new service, according to a release from MCTS. Without a sharp increase, the service use would fall well short of the 200,000 annual figure touted during the earlier debates about the purchase and maintenance of the racks."
From a Milwaukee County Supervisor, Patricia Jursik: "It is unfortunate that critics are not willing to let the bike racks catch on with riders and bikers." Jursik believes "bike rack usage will increase as we become familiar with them (the bus bike racks) and learn more about how they work."
Hmmmm. Then the cost:
"Maintenance costs for the racks have totaled $19,000.00
The racks and installation cost $405,000.00."
For the taxpayers footing the bill, the first year of the "bus bike rack" program has cost: $424,000.00. Given that the racks were used 9,400 times in eight months, that amounts to $45.10 for each bike to be put on a rack - just once! Is it worth it? Is the cost justified?
I don't think so.
(Need I even mention the ridership levels of Milwaukee County buses?
Now on to the bigger picture.
It is a GUARANTEE that the same words: "WELL BELOW PROJECTIONS" will eventually be applied to the high-speed rail project Governor Doyle plans to force upon the state of
Actually, we've already had one "well below projections" moment in regards to high-speed rail. The original number of jobs we were told would be created by this project was set at 10,000. This was eventually revised to...55. 55 permanent jobs. "Well below projections."
So just wait, if high-speed rail starts up here, we WILL hear the words
"WELL BELOW PROJECTIONS" again!
Unfortunately, these words won't be used when referring to the start-up costs of the rail line, nor the money needed to maintain such a project year after year after year....
No. These words will be applied to high-speed rail “ridership projections."
Get your wallets out, taxpayers!