This isn't gonna work unless they can pull off hourly or better service during the day. One reason transit ridership in this nation is so damn low is because transit providers (and the people who fund them) forget that people need to move around beyond commutation. The lack of service to those markets/time periods all but forces folks to keep/use a car, weakening the case for them to use transit at all. So really, then, your clientele becomes those too poor to afford cars under any circumstances, and those who live in areas with traffic so bad that poorly managed rail systems are better. I'm all for them trying to pull off this extension with their own cash, but I think it will need more than 3rt.
Now if only we had dual mode DMUs...
bikentransit wrote:It's time to try something different. Not every line needs clock-face service. It works for Marc and others, so instead of shooting it down for that reason, give it a try. 422 and 76 are nightmare commutes. I can't believe people do it, but if they can lease some equipment and do some pilot stations, costs can be contained and we can get something rolling. We've had zero restoration here, it's time to look for other ways to do it.
MARC works precisely because D.C. is such a 9-5 town. Lots of people in government and virtually no nightlife to be seen. Philly -- and Phoenixville -- aren't that.