Their headline in yesterday's story about the $1.5 billion, 7-mile light rail "Orange line" reads:
MAX Orange Line riders aren't showing up as predicted
They're missing a comma; it should read: MAX Orange Line riders aren't showing up, as predicted.
Punctuation is everything.
Naturally, they blame low gas prices for low ridership, but the fact of the matter is that their so-called transit system has seen a decrease in ridership year in and year out despite population increases - and that was the case even when gas prices were nearly $4 per gallon. Before they went all in on fixed rail, over 6% of people in the Portland metropolitan area used public transit (buses). Today, it's just under 3%. Maybe they should have stayed with buses; they can be rerouted when needed, and people actually have to pay to ride them - unlike the "honor system" that they use on fixed rail lines.