I chose niftiness because of alliterative value rather than exact meaning, but I think it works.
Feeding off an earlier entry, I just wanted to share New York City’s Manhattan bus map, which helps illustrate part of the vision I have for Capital Metro bus routes–running linearly along major thoroughfares, particularly east-west, with great frequency and clear numbering, to allow (potentially) for greater convenience and ease of use.
Meanwhile, in Washington, fares could be rising fairly dramatically. It’s not immediately clear what the average or median impact to a typical fare in DC would be, but it could be significant–maybe a dollar a day, when it’s all said and done, for a round-trip commuter.
I’m fairly confident than any fare increase in this range would not come near tipping the economic balance away from transit and towards car ownership and daily car use. After all, federal governmental reimbursement rates for business driving are around 50 cents a mile. And fare recovery rates–the amount of the total cost of a transit ride that a transit fare covers–30 to 40 percent by some estimates–indicate that the transit agency needs every bit of fare it can get–particularly Washington with a nine figure shortfall and a down economy lowering overall revenue.