I don't know of a single public transit system anywhere that operates without government subsidy. Do you?
The nature of the public transit system is that it is so inexpensive that all people can afford to utilize it. That's economically impossible unless the government provides a subsidy. As someone who never uses public transit, I'd be happier with my money in my pocket rather than give it to Trius. But that's the government/city making dumb choices to have everything major cities have without having the people major cities have.
I think transit is a very needed system. I also think more promotion needs to be done to promote it and I don't think Trius is too interested in it succeeding as of yet as can still suck on the gov't tit. Then when it runs dry, they will make a big push for users.