Monday, July 22, 2019

Walton, FL, #freepublictransit

Three shuttles able to carry 28 passengers each will travel from northern Walton to South Walton with two stops in Freeport.
Terminals will be located at the Walton County Courthouse in DeFuniak Springs, Freeport City Hall, Freeport Commons and the Walton County Courthouse Annex in Santa Rosa Beach.
“It’s available for anybody that wants to ride in either direction,” said Carpenter, who added that fares will be free for the first three years.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Free Transit starts in Hazard, KY

LKLP Community Action Council is partnering with the City of Hazard and Perry County Fiscal Court to introduce a free three-month trial transportation route throughout the city limits.
Angel Holliday, the first person to use the transportation system, says it allows her to complete the necessary tasks. 

Friday, April 26, 2019

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Maimi water-supply contamination will trigger real estate panic

Which brings us to the next problem. The real estate boom in Miami will come to an end one day. A major slump in property prices could hit tax revenues making it more difficult for Miami to pay for climate change preparations. But the nightmare scenario is that the threat of climate change and sea-level rise could turn Miami from a destination city into a depopulating backwater with plummeting real estate values and contracting economic activity, and with all this happening "before the sea consumes a single house." Who would pay for all the needed adaptation for those staying behind?

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Denton County, Texas, lowers bus fares DENTON (WBAP/KLIF) – Denton County Transportation Authority riders now have lower fares when riding on public transit in North Texas.

President of DCTA Jim Cline hopes this makes traveling in Denton County easy and affordable.

“We want to minimize the impact of cost on the decision to take public transportation,” Cline said.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Fayetteville, Arkansas goes fare-free Additionally, ORT will not charge a fare for exclusively-Fayetteville routes. The 7 ORT routes outside of the city will remain at $1.25 per ride and will be charged at boarding, including transfers from free-Fayetteville routes. This will ease the transfer between ORT and Razorback buses as Razorback routes have always been free-fare.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Arkansas transit agency calls for fare-free operation

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA) -- Ozark Regional Transit and Razorback Transit have been working towards a collaboration to make free public transportation around Fayetteville accessible throughout the entire year.

Monday, July 9, 2018

People in US south want and need #publictransit

TUPELO – After years of talk, study and false starts, public transportation advocates in Tupelo have won a key victory.
By a 4-3 vote Tuesday night, the Tupelo City Council authorized spending approximately $209,000 to fund a 13-month public transportation pilot program within the city.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Ozark Regional Transit is offering free rides next week

SPRINGDALE -- Ozark Regional Transit is offering free rides next week as part of a national campaign to promote public transportation.

Dump-The-Pump Day is set for Thursday, and the organization says it will offer free rides Monday through Friday. The national campaign is sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association and is designed to raise awareness of the benefits of using public transportation, especially the economic benefits.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

#Autosprawl bad for business

Why business, political leaders want big change for Greenville transit: "That is based on this premise: If Greenville is to truly transform into the modern metropolitan area it aims to be, the buses must run at night and on the weekends and more than once every hour. And with that comes a multimillion-dollar investment that must be generated locally, some way, somehow, every year.

Greenville County faces a crossroads. The majority of Greenlink’s mileage runs in the county even though the county's financial contribution, a little more than $400,000 a year, amounts to less than that coming from the city that operates the system.

But in what is a commentary on how long-chilly relations between the city and county have thawed, the Greenville City Council and Greenville County Council will convene a joint meeting for Greenlink to present its vision for transforming the system over the next five years. No date has been set yet."

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Oil men block bus progress

Koch network group takes aim at Nashville Mayor Megan Barry's transit referendum: "The political organizing group Americans for Prosperity, founded by the conservative donor network of the billionaire brothers David H. Koch and Charles Koch, is taking aim at Nashville Mayor Megan Barry's transit referendum proposal."

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Alabama may start to move into the 20th Century on #publictransportation : "It's been a futile attempt, and Alabama has long remained in dubious company as one of only five states that does not provide any state money for public transportation.

...."We know that both rural and urban areas need public transportation funding," said Forrister, state coordinator with Alabama Arise, the non-profit which advocates for low-income families. "Unfortunately, this is an area where we have not gone forward, we've gone backward. Public transportation is the future.""

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Free bus rides for Seminole State students, employees

SeminoleState : "Through a partnership with LYNX, students, faculty and staff at Seminole State College of Florida can now enjoy unlimited rides on LYNX buses for free. The service begins today."

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Fort Worth Tx, #publictransit advocate group starts

Fort Worth Star-Telegram: "If we don’t start doing this in some form or fashion, we might as well announce to the world that we’re not planning to be a city that has good transit. We will just grind into congestion and people will stop wanting to come here; stop wanting to live here."

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Opinion: It’s time for Asheville to move to fare-free transit

citizen-times : " Right now the fares paid by riders cover 14 percent of what it costs to operate our transit system. That does not include the cost of maintaining the fare boxes, accounting, or printing tickets and passes. It also doesn’t include the cost of buying new buses, installing bus shelters and other capital expenses.

Going fare-free could potentially save the City of Asheville money by eliminating the impending investment in proposed fare boxes, which would cost upwards of $15,000 per bus. Other cities that have gone fare-free realized the fares generated barely cover the expenses of collecting fares, purchasing and maintaining fare boxes, accounting costs, and managing the funds that are collected."

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Oil-trolls wreck #publictransit, tell poor to get a car

Dallas News: "But for the working poor, that dollar-a-day boost in bus and train fares — which comes to $5 a week or more than $20 a month — takes on meaning beyond the comprehension of those who've never lived in poverty."

Car culture has the elderly under house arrest "As the transportation needs of the aging baby boomer population increase, researchers and service providers are at a crossroads as they seek to find effective solutions for the challenges impeding availability and accessibility -- particularly to those living in rural areas."

Friday, June 9, 2017

East Ridge (TN) seeks input for possible public transportation expansion

Times Free Press : "East Ridge and Chattanooga Area Regional Transport Authority officials want the city's residents and business owners to weigh in on the possibility of expanding public transit services."

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Agencies aim to drive up public transportation use

Community Impact Newspaper: "Experts and city officials agree that greater access to and reliability on public transportation will not only relieve traffic congestion but also the financial pressure placed on households that depend on cars to commute.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, most Austinites are car-dependent. The latest data shows that 73.7 percent drive alone to work, 9.5 percent carpool and 4 percent use public transportation while 12.8 percent use alternative modes.

Transportation is the second-largest household expenditure behind housing, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, with car ownership being the most costly mode of transportation. The average annual cost to own a sedan is $8,558, according to a 2016 report from AAA."

Friday, May 19, 2017

Carbon capture is here and now. Stop cutting trees.

World Economic Forum: "Forests have been removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and storing carbon for more than 300 million years. When we cut down or burn trees and disturb forest soils, we release that stored carbon to the atmosphere. Since the start of the Industrial Revolution, one-third of all carbon dioxide emissions to the atmosphere from human activities have come from deforestation."

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Richmond, VA, choked with cars, because, #racism. "How did metropolitan Richmond come to have such a small footprint of public transportation?  It is, to tell the truth (and telling the truth would help a lot in this situation), an artifact of racial segregation."

Friday, April 21, 2017

Arlington Texas to discuss #publictransit

Arlington Voice: "Four esteemed panelists representing all perspectives of this broad subject will participate in what is called the Arlington Public Transportation Forum."

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Free MCAT service on 'Try Transit Day' hopes to promote public use "Transit Manager Bill Steele said Try Transit Day is a great way to highlight the benefits public transportation offers riders, including saving money on fuel, improving the environment by cutting down on carbon emissions and additional productive time on the commute to and from work.

“Each year Try Transit Day is one of our most popular promotions,” Steele said. “Public transit benefits the environment and it cuts down on vehicular traffic in our county. Regular transit use allows passengers to save fuel costs, auto insurance and maintenance expense, and relieve the stress from bumper to bumper traffic.”"

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Miami annual cost of congestion $3.6B : "Polluting air and clogging roads, vehicles choke our cities. Miami ranks fifth nationally and tenth globally for congestion, as residents spend 65 hours in traffic per year on average, according to INRIX, a global traffic researcher that uses big data. Adding real injury to insult, the state’s stretch of the I-95 is America’s most deadly, according to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

There is a financial burden to excessive traffic too. INRIX estimates that congestion costs Miami drivers $3.6 billion per year (remember that figure). Additionally, drivers pay out an average of $628,000 every day in tolls, just for the privilege of using the Miami-Dade Expressway."

Monday, April 17, 2017

Racist opposition to #publictransit leaves Atlanta mired in congestion

Business Insider: "ATLANTA (AP) — The collapse of an interstate in the heart of Atlanta has more than 2 million metro residents sitting in even more traffic in the already congested city, and mass transit advocates hope the headaches will spur new interest in expanding rail and bus routes.

Many commuters come from surrounding counties that have long resisted mass transit, creating a car-centric region shaped by issues of race and class for more than four decades."

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Bus service so bad, people prefer car gridlock. Mission accomplished.

Sun Sentinel: "But lengthy waits at unsheltered bus stops in hot or rainy weather, frequent stops on the bus to pick up and drop off passengers and unreliable schedules have all contributed to making public transportation a less attractive means of transportation.

Greg Stuart, executive director of the organization that coordinates transportation projects in Broward, said planners need to find other creative ways to solve gridlock instead of focusing only on alternatives to cars.

"We’re going to have to work on roadway capacity improvements," he said."

Monday, April 10, 2017

Here's what happens when rail is developed before buses

Tony Blake | News & Observer: "For the record, the Orange County section of the light-rail line serves a tiny three-mile segment along N.C. 54 toward the UNC campus. The planned route goes from UNC to N.C. Central University, doesn’t serve Chapel Hill or Carrboro, or address any of the growing congestion on Interstate 40. It might be a worthy project for Durham and UNC, but for Orange County citizens, there's very little smart growth or economic development possible."