For almost a decade, transit ridership has declined across Southern California despite enormous and costly efforts by top transportation officials to entice people out of their cars and onto buses and trains.
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the region's largest carrier, lost more than 10% of its boardings from 2006 to 2015, a decline that appears to be accelerating.
Most other agencies fare no better. In Orange County, bus ridership plummeted 30% in the last seven years, while some smaller bus operators across the region have experienced declines approaching 25%. In the last two years alone, a Metro study found that 16 transit providers in Los Angeles County saw average quarterly declines of 4% to 5%.Why does this not surprise me? The same phenomenon has apparently been noted in Arizona. See update at The Coyote Blog (at my post) or click here for direct link to The Coyote Blog post which I recommend.
And California is looking at spending another $100 billion on a bullet train. What was Einstein's definition of insanity?
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Facebook was expected to report earnings of 68 cents a share, excluding certain expenses, up from 54 cents a year ago, according to S&P Capital IQ. Analysts expected revenue of $5.37 billion. Facebook reported earnings after the close of the market.Disclaimer: this is not an investment site. Do not make any investment, financial, or travel decisions based on what you read here or what you think you may have read here. If this is important to you, go to the source.