Unfortunately, I have to agree with this. Of course I would love it if COTA had the resources to adequately serve even transit-unfriendly areas out on the suburban fringes, but its resources are not unlimited and need to be focused where the built environment allows for those resources to be used most efficiently.
I don't think that means cutting Tuttle Mall off, though. That's still a pretty heavily developed area, though obviously more sprawling than closer-in neighborhoods. The real sprawling suburban office parks are even farther out than that.
Agreed. There are a few places where COTA should and can maintain routes, to specific high-traffic destinations in suburban areas. But to try to have the kind of coverage in the suburbs that it does in the urban core is just not going to be very effective for anyone without massive expansion in total buses, hours, etc. And that takes more money... and guess which group of people is least likely to support an increase in funding for the bus system?
And again, we're finally at a point in several decades that people actually want to live in the urban core again. One of the amenities those people want and should expect is good, reliable public transit. Right now, COTA is not good, and not always reliable even in the places it should be. Let's get that fixed before we worry about putting more buses on Polaris Parkway.