I’ve not written nearly as much (erm, at all) on the coming transit cuts on March 30th. Partially, I’ve been a bad blogger in general, but partially I’m just so upset I don’t even know where to begin.
A jumping-off point, then:
The St. Louis Beacon is reporting that the Federal Transit Administration has denied a request by East-West Gateway for Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality funds, in order to save a bit of the system. A lot of us have been crossing our fingers that this would come through. The funds have been denied because the agency says that this money is meant to be used for new routes to eliminate congestion, and the routes that Metro is proposing aren’t new. Instead, the routes replicate old ones that are being eliminated.
Um, after March 30, they will be new. After March 30, bus service will leave huge the area outside of 270, the Central Business District core, and other parts of the area. You can see the “Service to this BUS STOP is suspended” hoods over bus stop signs all over the metro area, like scattered tombstones. These aren’t bus stops anymore. But service here would not be technically new enough to get funded.
Moreover than splitting hairs over word usage, I really fail to see how giving St. Louis a few sorely, sorely needed bus routes would not help ease congestion, which is the entire point of this funding. Urgh.