You are a wannabe politician, and you claim that "stop-gap funding" is the wrong way to go. Well what are your great suggestions to solving the mass transit funding issue, oh great public policy sage?
First move: Don't do stupid things. The $450 M for the tunnel under the Allegheny River to extend LTR is dumb. Wabash Tunnel is a waste. Bus way to Carnegie is not used to potential. That's a lot of fares.
The capital budget is fair game to me.
Second move: Change the bus routes. The buses make too many turns in the city.
Third: I can stand in my neighborhood and see three buses all in a row, all without a full load. More hubs in neighborhoods.
Fourth: Insert heavy rail for passengers.