National_Attack t1_iz09j26 wrote

What denominator are you used to base that calculation of 60k per daily rider on? Curious how you arrived at that figure. Is that spread out over the years since 2015 when it started?

All things considered - any infrastructure investments is going to have a while to pay off. But we don’t necessarily need to have a “ROI” when it comes to public goods. This is a service our taxes pay for to better all people in the area that choose to use it, while getting less cars on the road and reducing traffic in hartford. If you’re skeptical and want to hear a decent podcast on why public transit should be free, I’d encourage you to listen to this great freakonomics podcast from a few months ago.


National_Attack t1_iz031et wrote

When’s the last time you took the bus? I’m a daily rider and the majority of the busses between 7:30-8:30 am and 4:30-6pm are quite full. If I time it poorly I’m standing for my commute. The parking at the Flatbush and Elmwood stations are great - never had any problems. Yes the busses have been infrequently lately but that seems more on a lack of bus drivers.

Free public transit is a net social good. It’s not a heavy burden on tax payers and helps support less cars on the road.

CT has its issues for sure, but the Fast Track is a good deal for riders all things considered - especially with the free fare they’ve been allowing lately.


National_Attack t1_iu49mrn wrote

It’s incredible that they just built/paved over the river that cut through hartford. You wouldn’t even know it ran through the middle of Bushnell park of old maps didn’t exist.

Infrastructure is one of those things that is necessary but we look in hindsight at the true effectiveness vs other options. It seems a lot of the old politicians in charge of city planning in Hartford neglected to see the impact cutting 91 and 84 would have on the culture and livelihood of the city. They effectively killed growth in Hartford with one blow.

Really sad, but I guess “Hartford has it!” Right?