So I heard some people making fun of WES the other day and thought that I would do the "transit versus car" comparison.
Plugging in the exact same address to Tri-Met's tripcheck and Mapquest gives me this result: (I actually used WES transit stop addresses to give it a fair shot, obviously if you work/shop/live several miles from a station it gets to be less fun)
Travel time: 37 minutes (including 10 minutes walking)
Fares: Adult All Zone ($2.30)
Total Estimated Time: 21 minutes
Total Estimated Distance: 15.89 miles
$2.30 will buy you a tank of gas and most of us have a vehicle that gets at least 16/mpg. You can save time, save yourself the walk in the rain and still be able to pick up some groceries on your way home if you take your personal vehicle.
On the other hand, you can view some taxpayer funded sculptures if you ride WES...
"The project has allocated $500,000 to fund the WES Public Art Program based on 1.5 percent of eligible project costs."