To the editor:
I have finally had enough reports and letters trying to spin a positive for the T. I can't believe the people in Lawrence could be gullible enough to buy into all the "rah rah" stuff. Wednesday, the newspaper reported an increase in ridership and proceeded to include the "free" rides. How can one include "free" rides that won't increase profit?
Also, a quick breakdown of August ridership - 35,349 - is disturbing. Although up, dividing that by 31 days gets 1,140. Divided by 15 hours is 76. Divided by 10 buses gives 7.6 people per hour. No wonder the buses always look empty. They are!! Reminds me of the song back in the '70s. "One is the loneliest number." That's how the bus driver must feel.
Finally, the T is losing money. That's before the city negotiates for a new gas contract or buys new buses in the near future. I say no way to the T. My retirement money and taxes need to go elsewhere.