Good pictures Ock....some people will continue to whine....pictures of people using the system will not shut them up. It's too many, it's too few, the alarm is too loud...blah, blah, blah....it will always be something.
If anything, the pictures Ocklawaha
posted prove that stjr
is entirely correct
in his or her belief that the Skyway doesn't attract enough riders and is a huge white elephant. I mean, that's rush hour
. Being generous, there are, at most, 60 people combined on the train and at the station (and that's being really, really, absurdly generous.) At rush hour
APTA's most recent report pegs the ridership at 1,200 daily boardings. That's pathetic
. Hysterically, the photo op demonstrates just how pathetic
it all is.
Having said that, the Skyway is there. You built it, you bought it. The question remains how to make the SKyway a part of a viable, multi-modal transit system
. The challenge remains how to convince a city/county/clustermuck of drivers, in a city/county/clustermuck of drivers to have the vision and the political will to implement this viable, multi-modal transit system
. Finally, the challenge is to develop high-density, pedestrian-friendly, ecologically sustainable communities at each mode of this multi-modal transit system
. Because if you tear down the train that goes nowhere, and replace it with a streetcar that goes nowhere, you still have a pathetic
transit system that nobody uses.
This extends to the overall transit system itself: if the whole damned metro area is geared towards cars, and you build a transit system, while not changing the car-centric development of the metro area, you now have a failed transit system.
I'm totally a transit advocate. I don't own a car, and purposefully moved to a place where I don't need a car to lead a 1st-class life as an American citizen. But I'm also a former resident of FloriDUHhhhh, specifically Miami. And despite the population densities, the endless traffic and the rest, it's gonna take a lot of convincing to convince FloriDUHhhhhians in South Florida and the rest of the state to get out of their cars. We, the people, will plug them in, run them on pig feces...ANYTHING to continue to drive-in and drive on. The only way to at least create an alternative is to be sure that the transit system and the building codes are in sync...and that the transit goes from somewhere to somewhere else...and at both ends, you don't need to deal with a car. Period.