I ride the bus to work and ride my bike home. I really enjoy the 8 mile ride on the way home — expect when it’s freezing like yesterday! I haven’t decided whether or not it’s because (1) I’m cheap and don’t want to buy another car, (2) I work at the National Renewable Energy Lab, or (3) I like the evening workout. To be honest, it’s probably a combination of all three.
Anyway, there are a few things that piss me off about the 28 route in Denver. However, nothing, and I mean nothing, pisses me off more than the little side journey that the bus takes when we get to Yates and 26th. As you can see in the link, we go south to Byron Pl, over to Sheridan, and then back north to 26th. Why does this little sojourn piss me off you ask? Because nobody ever uses the Byron Pl stop! OK, there are a few people, but they should walk the 1.5 blocks to either 26th and Sheridan or 26th and Yates!
Here’s my back of the envelope calculation for how much this side trip costs RTD on its weekday routes.
- A bus gets 5 mpg. Is this a good assumption? Who knows. I really don’t care. I’m just bored and want to blog about this.
- Google maps puts this side trip at 0.4 miles.
- There are 36 eastbound and 40 westbound trips per day that utilize this ridiculous Byron Pl stop. (Note: There could be more, but I’m not dealing with the routes that start at Byron Pl.)
- To keep things simple, let’s say that there are 250 ‘weekdays’ for the 28 route.
What does this all mean? Using these figures, the trip uses about 0.08 gallons of fuel for each trip down to Byron Pl. Maybe that’s not entirely fair, because the bus would still go 0.1 miles if it doesn’t take the stupid trip. So adjusting point 2 above, let’s say that the trip costs 0.3 miles and, hence, uses 0.06 gallons of fuel. That’s 86.4 gallons per day or about 21,600 gallons per year! Assuming $2.50 per gallon of fuel, RTD spends about $54,000 on this unnecessary trip! Holy shit, that doesn’t even include the weekends!