I get that. I was just wondering if it would be a similar type of structure, just for the city as opposed to the county.
Ya I think so. The Minneapolis city council is our friendliest elected body for transit by far. They are the most likely to approve a significant transit tax. Then they could pressure the suburban city councils by ending the new lines on their cities borders. If they approve the same higher tax that Minneapolis does then they will get routes going to them.
I'm working on trying to set up the math of what could realistically be raised by a city and what that could buy over the next 30 years. While aBRT is good we can do better. This money could also be used for bikeways and better sidewalks. I'll be posting my proposal here for feedback soon.
Half measures and a mixed traffic BRT-Lite every other year won't do it. We need to run our urban bus lines up to every 7.5 minutes and keep them out of traffic as much as possible. When the product is better people will buy in. The suburbs will be jealous and try and get their piece of the pie too as they see the economic benefits of a larger tax base. Bus riders will grow as a coalition and begin to hold real power and people in the suburbs will petition their leaders to join with the cities and connect good buses to them. Then we have the money to start to turn some of those buses into trains.
Right now we spend so much money and time appeasing the suburbs because they put into the transit tax so they get projects serving them that are less efficient. We fight for scraps for them and propose projects like BRT to Stillwater instead of Midtown LRT because we are scared they will take our money and leave. Why should we fight for their scraps when they are always stubborn, always late to trends but when something works they are desperate for a piece (see the rise in suburban centers decades after this was first popularized by strong towns and the CNU).
Drive ridership. Put transit where people use it. Fund real alternatives to make travel times competitive to driving. Meet our cities transit goals and practice what was preached in Minneapolis 2040.