Infrastructure

All public bus systems have an infrastructure. This might be something as simple as a couple of garages, and a handful of buses. In the case of PAT, this includes a few public buildings, subway, and LRT stations, Signs for bus locations, busways, and a massive but relatively inefficient fleet of vehicles.

One of the biggest changes that will be proposed under the ACTA plan is making the infrastructure better, more efficient, and more streamlined. However, this will cost into the hundreds of millions or even billions. Simply put, infrastructure is not sexy, or a hot political topic. No one cares until a bridge collapses, or in the case of public transit – everyone stuck in traffic half of the day because of a failed network.

Justification for all of the infrastructure improvements is intended to save money, save time, improve the system, and create jobs where jobs are needed. This will simply not happen in the current state of PAT. The fact that PAT has raised fares, and terminate services (therefore charging more to provide less) should be a clear statement of that fact. PAT has placed band-aids when major life saving surgery is needed. Under the ACTA system, life saving surgery will be done to make the system better. A better public transit system means less private automobiles on the road which means less traffic. This means less costs to those that choose to use private transportation. It also means that costs of using the service can stay within the budget of low income families who need to rely on public transit the most. And with the infrastructure improvements, it might even encourage those that have choices to consider ACTA. For more than 25 years of fare increases and service cuts, PAT has shown what they will do. The ACTA plan is to fix this, and the infrastructure is the biggest hurdle for the greatest reward.