West Yellowstone to Bozeman and Back

Interview with Mary Vaessen, West Yellowstone Foundation, 406-640-2030

Feb 20, 2009

Bus runs from West Yellowstone to Bozeman two days per week, Tu and Th.

Leaves WY at 8:00 a.m. returns to West Yellowstone at 4:00 p.m.

(This requires the driver to wait around Bozeman the full day or ferry riders to different locations in Bozeman. How does he adjudicate who gets to go to their desired location first and whose convenience is most honored?)

She works for the West Yellowstone Foundation.

She didn’t know what the tax funding sources were.

She files reports to the Montana Department of Transportation, Adam.

She didn’t know what the costs were.

My estimate of costs:

250 miles. $3.25 per mile. $812.50 per round trip.

Riders, usually 14, pay $10.00 round trip or $140.

There is no means test; rich and poor riders pay the same, though

Mary said most were low-income.

For riders to pay the full cost, they would have to pay $58.04 each,

round trip.

Taxpayers pay $672.50 per round trip.

Two round trips per week, 104 per year.

Taxpayers pay $69,940 per year.


Benefits of the Downturn

Is it my imagination, or are we getting fewer credit card solicitations in the mail? In one recent year, 2.9 billion of them were sent out in the U.S. That’s 15 per year, per adult. If the recession is causing this, glory be!

We may see a decline in obesity. People may eat less prepared food. They’ll work more hours and watch less TV. They will patronize the buffets less.