Monday, July 14, 2014

Transit Transitions

Trib mentions that former Port Authority of Allegheny County CEO Steve Bland is up for a new job in Nashville. My still extant Google news filter for Steve Bland is fired for not catching any of this. A fuller story is from The Tennessean: Ousted Pittsburgh transit exec leads pack for MTA job. Note the version they have of his ouster here.

Who cares eh?  What I find curious is there is at most only cursory discussion of public transit in the whole debate over ridesharing and deregulation of the taxi industry.  Think they are not connected... they were just recently per this news article from 2012. Note the argument over privatizing bus routes covered in a recent article with this quote: '"They control the cab business," he said of the PUC. "What good has that done?"'

Anyways I digress. I was curious how big a deal this job in Nashville was. According to the National Transit Database, the most recent number of "unlinked passenger trips" I add up for the two transit agencies looks like this:

So basically Mr. Bland is taking over an agency with ridership numbers more akin to that of the EBA.


Blogger Vannevar said...

EBA? East something-something?

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 7:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The old name for the P1? East Busway All-stops

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 8:22:00 AM  
Blogger Ian Everhart said...

Yes, EBA for East Busway All [stops]. Contrast with rush hour services EBX (express to Wilkinsburg), EBS (short to Wilkinsburg after the extension opened). Also EBO (now P3). I think the old names were somewhat more memorable than the current P-designations.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 8:55:00 AM  
Anonymous MH said...

I'm still waiting for them to rename the 61D-Greenfield only version as the 61F. It's sort of the same thing.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 9:34:00 AM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

Long live the 54C

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 10:28:00 AM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

or for really old timers... long live the Flying Fraction!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 10:29:00 AM  
Anonymous MH said...

The 54C still exists, doesn't it?

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 10:40:00 AM  
Blogger joe said...

Take a ride on the 54C - May 1987

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 10:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

77/54 FTW

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 12:46:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

just funny on old references. I gave directions to the butcher in Bloomfield recently. I said it's where Vacca's was (for like 80 years). That got a blank stare. So I try: next to the Thai place. That worked.

How things change.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 1:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Incredible too how things stay the same.

Nary a shot on that 54c video was unrecognizable 25 years later.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 1:18:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

but in the present tense: "down at the base of the river are the mills"

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 1:25:00 PM  

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