QUOTE(EvergreenRailfan @ Apr 11 2012, 02:31 PM)
If Washington DOT and Oregon DOT are working even more closely together with Amtrak Cascades, perhaps C-TRAN and TriMet could do the same. How good does the Bi-State model that MetroSt.Louis uses work?
The difference is that Metro St. Louis is a bistate agency, which in fact was once called the Bi State Development Agency. The latter administers not only the buses and Metrolink LRT on both the Missouri and Illinois sides of the Mississippi River, but also the transit system inside the Gateway Arch.
In the other case, you have C-Tran in Clark County, WA centered on Vancouver, WA and you have TriMet which serves the Portland, OR area. Perhaps this is where you need an RTA that oversees everything, to get the separate agencies to work together. You sort of have that in the Seattle area with Sound Transit, although the individual transit agencies remain and run their own transit lines along with those buses and the LRT run by Sound Transit. It may be the political boundary between 2 states that is holding things up with regard to C-Tran & TriMet working together.
In both the New York City and Philadelphia areas, there are different transit agencies working in both the cities and their respective New Jersey suburbs. In all cases there is no problem with buses or trains crossing the state lines to serve interstate passengers. But then we also have interstate transit operators PATH and PATCO which have little to do with NYCTA, NJ Transit, or SEPTA other than interfacing with them wherever they happen to connect.