MetroSpeak 0123

Another “live” chat today with Metro Board Chair, Pam O’Connor. Today’s topic was funding. Today’s questions came from people who may or may not have been real.

Favorite moment goes to “William.”

Question:

Quite a few metro systems in European cities use advertising to earn additional funding. I’ve seen it in London, Berlin, Vienna, Milan, Seville and Madrid. Here’s an example of how they do it in Berlin …

Answer:

William…Thanks for the link to the web site, I’ll have to check it out.

Nice to know that the Metro Board Chair is unfamiliar with successful transit systems in other cities.

Other PamBites, taken completely out of context:

I sure will work hard to support new funding options…but it’s going to take a coalition of folks to lead the efforts.

Things do happen that can delay train service. I’m sorry for the problem. I’ll pass your concerns on to our rail operations folks.

We need to try some new concepts.

If we could get a network of dedicated bus lanes on streets, they could be shared by bicycle riders.

We’re an area with many hubs.

Now you know as much as I do. I hope that helps.

Yeah! Go Metro!

8 Replies to “MetroSpeak 0123”

  1. According to “Pam from Santa Monica,” the chat was canceled.
    Am I missing some sardonic point?

    In any case, I have my doubts that Pam rides the bus, understands southern CA vernacular such as “ride the bus” and “shametrain” and cares about Los Angeles public transit nor any real city’s public transit system.

    Just as the L.A. Times had a cereal CEO some years ago, I believe we have yet another empty head with a degree lording over an institution that is wretched and getting worse.

  2. Nice to know that the Metro Board Chair is unfamiliar with successful transit systems in other cities.

    As someone who had such high hopes for the Metro, my experience with the system makes this revelation about as unsurprising as anything.

  3. I’m assuming there was more to the question? Metro has advertisements in subway stations, bus stops — they even cover up buses in those ghastly see-through ads.

  4. Nice to know that the Metro Board Chair is unfamiliar with successful transit systems in other cities.

    Her response seems like polite chatter to me. I don’t see anything to indicate what you’re saying. What am I missing here?

  5. Yeah, what 5000! said.

    It sounds to me more like she’s being polite, saying, thanks, she’ll be sure to take a look at whatever the link was that William provided.

    She didn’t say, “Gee, I’ve never heard of such a thing; I didn’t know other transit systems used advertising; and I’m not familiar with any other transit systems around the world. Why didn’t WE think of that?”

    Or anything even remotely similar.

    In my experience, bureaucrats and officials often seem less moronic if I listen to what they actually say, instead of leaping to unsupported conclusions about what I imagine might be implied by what they said – especially if my imagination assumes that they’re all a bunch of mouth-breathing idiots too stupid to pound sand.

    Your Mileage May Vary, of course.

  6. O’Conner’s full answer to that question was:

    William…Thanks for the link to the web site, I’ll have to check it out. Metro recently approved a new contract for advertising in our stations and on trains and buses. We anticipate between $22-29 million per year generated in new advertising dollars. There are different opinions about whether or not to have advertising, but as you note there are many good examples worldwide of blending the need for commerce (and the culture of the area is expressed in ads!) balanced with aesthetics. Always a challenge!

    Shortening her response completely blows the context – she did in fact provide an informative answer. Just my two cents.

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