Ditch the “Hop Bus?”
Hop Bus in Hoboken – worth the hassle?
Does anyone think for a moment why the local Hoboken government gets involved in things like transportation – when they should be left to the free market? The HOP bus is what I’m referring to in particular.
Providing a means to get from point A to point B should not be something that is subsidized by property taxpayers. While there is a “fare,” the operation loses money, and effectively comes out of your quarterly bill to some extent.
Now there are “senior” programs that have been around for a long while, and things like senior shuttles probably aren’t so bad. But it’s another “sign of the times” that isn’t so comforting. Back in the day – before families became so scattered – the elder member of a family was taken care of by their own. Doesn’t seem to be the case anymore. But I suppose living in an urban environment allows some so-called “freedom” for older people who live alone.
But I digress. So just a few years ago – we just had senior shuttles. Which had limited routes (to places like supermarkets, etc.) Now we have several stupid “hop” routes, and most of the time the buses are either empty or only have one or two passengers.
Can Hoboken do without the “Hop,” and maybe just accept alternatives, like Uber?