According to Citilink's website, public buses ferried 1,935,587 riders in 2006. That is a rough average of 6300 riders per day. It cost $4 per passenger in government subsidies per rider. For one person to ride the bus one way in 2006, it cost taxpayers the price of a 2008 gallon of gas.
For the cost of Citilink's total operating budget, we could simply buy everyone who rides the bus on a daily basis their own used car. That's not a feasible solution though, since many people who ride the bus do so because they cannot legally drive. But we still need to come up with a more cost effective way of getting these people to work. Here are some ideas that I have:
1. Let the free market decide. Citilink will still continue its profitable routes, while private "jitney" cabs handle the rest. Fares would increase somewhat, but service would improve.
2. Often, buses will run their routes with only a handful of passengers. Sometimes a bus will go its entire route without picking up a single rider. This is a huge waste. Citilink could save on fuel costs by running lower demand routes less often.
3. Citilink could share buses and drivers with FWCS. The pooling of resources would save on fuel.