How to Discourage Ridership
There are many ways to discourage transit ridership and promote the use of the automobile. Here is a list of some of the ways
that different groups or agencies can do their part in promoting the use of the automobile, especially the single occupant vehicle.
- Do not allow the transit district to install bus stops in areas where they are needed.
- Always insist that all buses only use certain streets.
Highway and Road Departments
- Force buses to stay off of the best roads.
- Require the bus stops to be totally out of the way of all traffic. This slows the buses down so discourages people from riding.
- Never replace old equipment.
- Never update routes to reflect changes in demographics.
- Create passenger unfriendly fares.
- Allow schedules to get old and unrealistic.
- Force passengers to transfer too many times.
- Make no attempt to accommodate transfers between different routes and systems.
- Put either too many or too few stops on a given route.
- Waste money on things other than service, or directly supporting the service on the road.
- Do not provide any form of public schedule information.
- Have a bad attitude.
- Do "your own thing" all the time.
- Never attempt to keep the schedules.
- Refuse to pick up passengers.
- Drive poorly.
- Always build plenty of auto parking.
- Do not allow employees to adjust their work hours to reflect transit schedules.
- Always insist on employees driving to off site meetings.
- Build you building in such a way that parking is always more convenient than the nearest transit stop.
- Pick sites for offices that are not served and cannot be served by transit.
- Be obnoxious.
- Make lots of noise.
- Delay the bus.
- Always take up as many seats as possible, after all you are paying for them.