What are the unintended consequences?
Think About It
- Metro is sending student safety to the back of the bus. Parents whose children now use the direct bus route at least have the comfort of knowing that the shuttle is restricted to USM students only --- a key safety benefit that is highly valued by many parents. Unfortunately, Metro proposes to open up the route to the general public.
- Also, like most young people, the students who now use the bus don't like having to take it. Understandable. Yet it's a direct shuttle. The new service will add several stops, increasing the time it takes to make the trip. Many students will object to taking the "scenic route," and therefore, it is safe to conclude that student ridership could actually decrease.
- In summary, MILLIONS in tax money for brand new buses that are very likely to see light student ridership.