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Help us visualize TriMet’s budget

money_hugeI’m holed up in the kitchen this weekend with six years of TriMet budgets (on loan from spokeswoman Mary Fetsch), listening to a housemate blast Adele and working on a list of dollar figures that should be included in the cover story of our upcoming March magazine: a poster-size 2-D visualization of the agency’s entire financial situation.

Here‘s the inspiration.

And here’s the start of my list of figures to track down:

  • a 2-hour ticket (adjusted for inflation, 1975-2012) $1.45 $1.58 $1.48 $1.54 $1.37 $1.49 $1.58 $1.74 $1.69 $1.63 $1.78 $1.75 $1.68 $1.61 $1.55 $1.54 $1.49 $1.53 $1.49 $1.52 $1.48 $1.51 $1.48 $1.53 $1.55 $1.57 $1.59 $1.57 $1.59 $1.67 $1.71 $1.90 $1.85 $2.07 $2.10 $2.13 $2.10 $2.50
    • average collection cost $0.27
    • collection cost for all-zone fare from a grocery store $0.14
    • collection cost for all-zone fare from a ticket vending machine $0.66
  • agency cost per ride on:
    • frequent bus: $1.54
    • standard bus: $2.73
    • Blue: $0.55
    • Red: $0.90
    • Yellow: $1.32
    • Green: $0.92
    • WES: $18.55
    • westside Streetcar: $1.32
    • LIFT: $27.93
  • 1 hour of bus service (adjusted for inflation, 1995-2010) $135
    • fuel $10
    • wage for driver $35
    • fringe benefits for driver $33
    • fuel & tires $11
    • maintenance $22
    • nonvehicle maintenance $9
    • general admin $22
    • other $2
  • 1 hour of MAX service (adjusted for inflation, 1995-2010) $188
    • power $7
    • wage for driver $27
    • benefits for driver $24
    • maintenance $33
    • nonvehicle maintenance $40
    • general admin $43
  • 1 year of operating the 12 2003 weekly VH in summer 2010 to 1866 VH in fall 2010
    • impact of 2010 cuts: 137 hours/week
    • impact of 2011 service increase
  • capital invested in rail system (1992-2010) $2,262,777,438
  • capital invested in bus system (1992-2010) $319,075,346
  • aggregate savings to agency from 2012 cuts/hikes $17,000,000
    • Free Rail Zone savings $2,700,000
      • lost offsetting revenue
    • fare hikes $6,000,000
      • on 2-zone buyers
      • on all-zone buyers
    • eliminate two-way transfers $3,000,000
    • sell ads on TriMet.org and transit tracker $300,000
    • bus service cuts $2,000,000
    • MAX service cuts $1,500,000
    • LIFT cuts $400,000
    • LIFT fare hikes $2,000,000
    • Red Line truncation $900,000
    • streetcar cuts $400,000
    • administrative cuts $500,000
  • administrative overhead (all but ops, capital projects, debt service & OPEB): $26,873,482 in 2005, $48,054,897 in 2008, $31,161,466 in 2012
  • net revenue if park-and-rides cost money
    • estimated costs
    • estimated revenues
  • budgeted 2012 revenue
    • payroll tax: $232,313,608
      • impact of 2003 hike: $29,889,174
      • impact of payroll tax base growth since 2003: $51,930,924
      • if it were hiked enough to entirely offset 2012 cuts: another $17,700,000
      • by county, if possible
    • fare income: $104,472,899
    • ad: $5,376,525
    • accessible transportation grants: $2,500,000
    • service contracts (?): $22,321,822
    • federal operating grants : $91,589,098
    • fare penalties:
    • state operating grants, interest, MTIP (?) & misc: $13,523,136
  • growth of payroll tax base since 2003: $8,351,708,591
  • total expenditures
    • on bus, of which:
      • transportation $97,346,173 (fringe: $88,918+$12,513,377+$9,231,877+$5,850,135+$785,246+$705,788)
      • maintenance $53,551,247
      • of which: $585,107 in tires
    • on MAX, of which:
      • transportation $16,116,377
      • maint / maint of way $33,734,646
    • on LIFT $30,966,916 (fringe: $322,403+…)
    • on Streetcar $6,061,507
    • on WES $6,240,976
    • TriMet police: $11,260,296 (up from $8,519,460 in 2008)
    • of which: fringe benefits and implied OPEB obligations
    • on admin, etc.
  • hourly fare inspector wage: $67,276 annually ($32.34 hourly at 2080?)
  • standard fare ticket: $175
    • of which: TriMet is entitled to collect ($69)?
      • of which: TriMet recovers ?
  • cost of a new diesel bus $426,800
  • cost of a new MAX car $3.8 million
  • cost of a new streetcar ($3.5 million?)
  • average compensation per hour in Portland: $23.76 – $16.30 in TTI report
  • aggregate value of time lost by transit riders due to cuts since 2009
  • annual cost of a car ($7,391 at 10,000 miles), bicycle ($480 at 5,000 miles), all-zone pass, active Zipcar membership ($430 at $60+4 hours/month)
  • cost of driving a car the length of the average Portland commute
  • annual cost of fringe benefits per union worker:
    • at TriMet $26,000?
    • among similarly-sized agencies
  • total value, 2010, of retiree medical benefit for TriMet worker who retires at 55 with 10 years of service (including spouse, assuming both live until age 80) $1,090,486
  • cost of fringe benefits per management employee $27,000?
  • combined salary of TriMet’s seven top executives $1,245,191
  • annual pension cost for former general manager Fred Hansen ($186,613 – $15,551 per month)
  • annual state highway expenditures $281,000,000
  • total unfunded pension obligations (2010) $267,000,000
  • total unfunded OPEB obligations (2010) $632,200,000
  • annual new OPEB obligation (2010) $75,000,000
  • construction cost of each MAX line (adjusted for inflation if possible)
    • of the new Willamette River bridge $134 million
    • share covered by external grants
  • estimated total CRC cost $3,100,000,000, of which:
    • light rail $850,000,000, of which
      • from the FTA $850,000,000
      • from TriMet $0
    • cost to Oregon legislature $450,000,000, of which:
      • cost to Oregon for phase 1: $300,000,000
  • annual expenditures for:
    • ATU 757 $2,635,023
    • OPAL $361,267
    • Oregon Transit Association $147,869
  • aggregate cost of auto transportation in Portland metro: 794,535 autos used in commuting, 2006-10; 26,414 VMT by highway or arterial, 2010 = $2,410,277,500 (at 25 cents/mile) plus $281,800,000 in average annual state & federal capital investment in roads on the Oregon side of the metro area.

What else?

(Image by the brilliant Randall Munroe of XKCD.)

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