City’s Public Transportation Deemed Best in the West

I'm sorry, but this is a joke. MTS is not nearly as an effective public transportation system as many other cities. It's great that ridership is up despite the MTS cutting and even cancelling some services, but that goes more to show of the economic hardships people are facing right now (low pay, high cost of gas) than it does how MTS is running an effective service. Instead of increasing and expanding upon services (much like Los Angeles which has drastically increased, and continues to increase their public transportation system across the board), MTS has slashed lines and done nothing to invest in the future of San Diego's public transportation. Our highways have continued to get wider and wider every year through many multi-million dollar construction jobs (some projects seemingly starting almost as soon as the previous one ends), and not once has the MTS built a rail to alleviate the onslaught of cars. Even what few express bus routes exist are pretty limiting. MTS is also quite ineffective when trying to connect to the North County Transit District's Coaster and Sprinter rails that do exist. No direct MTA buses connect to the Sorrento Valley Coaster Station or the Sprinter Escondido Station. MTA-provided Sorrento Valley shuttles don't even operate at all times, making it impossible to make some rails. The nighttime and weekend MTA service is also very poor. I live in Mira Mesa, and there is now only one route on a Sunday (Route 20), which goes between Escondido and Downtown. If I wanted to get to UTC (6 miles away), I would have to take one bus down to Fashion Valley, and then transfer to another bus up to UTC for a total of 1 hour and 40 minutes, covering 21 miles. I could walk there in 1 hour 57 minutes. This is the opposite of effective. I realize I may be in a minority, living in an area more north of the city that relies more on cars to get around, but I have seen the transportation system in this area decrease in effectiveness over time while the population increases. Public transportation should only increase in areas of population growth. So congratulations, have a very ineffective and regressive service but you keep costs low enough with a smaller service to make it look good for the books. I would gladly pay more for a more effective service that ran better, more frequently, and invested in the future of San Diego.
— March 30, 2012 3:34 p.m.

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