I guess you have to concede at some point this has to be paid for by interest and usage.
People in this town are used to the suburban lifestyle. I think the solution might be marketing the public service better, but that is a hard sell. When i lived in Riverside and worked downtown... i was excited by the trolley stop at the corner. I would think FCCJ students living in the area would welcome that as well.
The problem is, once you are off work... or out of school... do you always go straight home? We are lacking a comprehensive public transit system that solves more that just one-way commuting needs. It is a mite better than the central hub style bus routes elsewhere in town, but what happens if you want dinner in San Marco, or have a date out at the beach. You will take your car, cause the alternative doesnt exist.
The trolley is a great first step, but it is a local solution. The problems we have are city-wide, local solutions need to fit into a bigger plan. Solutions from other cities cannot just be transposed or overlaid like the maps on this site.
Im not sure we can get there from where we are.
Random thought... what about a ferry from County Dock road area to the ortega area?