Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Nature sends another message, will US get it?

Texas flooding: storms inundate roads and leave thousands without power | US news | The Guardian: "Vehicles left stranded on a flooded Interstate 45 in Houston, Texas. Major freeways in the area were impassable Tuesday morning. Photograph: Aaron M Sprecher/AFP/Getty Images"

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Ride a bus for free May 22

Ride a bus for free May 22: "In recognition of Transit Week, National Public Works Week and National Transportation and Bike Month, the Lafayette Transit System will be hosting a "No Pay Bus Day" May 22."

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Democracy in America, people consistently say they want #publictransit, but politicians don't listen

Houston Chronicle: "So says the Kinder Institute's recent Houston Area Survey, which found that 43 percent of those surveyed in Harris County said "making improvements in public transportation, such as trains, buses and light rail" is the best-long term solution to the city's congestion. Just 26 percent of survey respondents said the fix is "building bigger and better roads and highways.""

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Miami and Miami Beach Both Consider Expanding Free Trolley Services

Miami New Times: "The Miami Beach Trolley debuted in February 2014 and was only meant as a temporary fix as Alton Road was under reconstruction. It runs a simple loop around Alton and West Avenue, but has proven popular and attracts about 1,000 riders a day. Its temporary permit is set to expire in June, but according to the Miami Herald, commissioners wants that extended by a month as they hammer out a permanent and expanded free service. "

Sunday, April 26, 2015

South Texas, people want, need, more bus service

The Monitor : "An overwhelming majority of riders, or 74 percent said they were between the ages of 25 and 65. There were requests for expanded bus services in Alton, Palmview and Mission but also for a route between Hidalgo and downtown McAllen. A new route to connect Mercedes and Weslaco was also requested."

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

United Way decides that #publictransit donation will have greatest impact on community

The Times News: "“I think it is an unusual gift for us as well,” she said after the meeting. “But it’s something we look at as we move forward to see what has the greatest impact on the community.”

Burlington Mayor Ronnie Wall said the city was “obviously” excited and thanked the board for the donation.

“With my previous United Way experience as the president, there is a need in our community for public transportation,” he said."

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

#Publictransit advocate in Bowling Green has the right spirit

Q&A with Ken Merideth - Bowling Green Daily News: "My hope is that our future leaders at the national, state and local level continue to see public transit as a great investment helping to reduce the need for more and bigger roads, parking, storm water runoff, traffic congestion, air pollution and all the cost incurred with single occupancy vehicles. A survey of riders conducted in January showed that 53 percent of those responding use GO bg transit to get to and from employment. The option of public transit is something people in our community need to consider to help meet their families’ needs. "

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Public Transportation Expansion Plans

wtok.com: "Plans are in the works to expand public transportation into more parts of East Mississippi. It was just last month when public transportation service was restored in Meridian. Organizers for that effort are calling the service in Meridian a 'stepping stone' for things to come. "

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

We know how fat you are by where you live in Atlanta

slate : "Consider Atlanta. The average working adult in Atlanta’s suburbs now drives 44 miles a day. (That’s 72 minutes a day behind the wheel, just getting to work and back.) Ninety-four percent of Atlantans commute by car. They spend more on gas than anyone else in the country. In a study of more than 8,000 households, investigators from the Georgia Institute of Technology led by Lawrence Frank discovered that people’s environments were shaping their travel behavior and their bodies. They could actually predict how fat people we are by where they lived in the city."

Saturday, March 21, 2015

The alternative to the #trinitytollway is two words: public transportation.

Dallas Morning News: "Yes, expanding public transportation to make it really viable is expensive. But so is building freeways that are already overcrowded the day they are opened. With the coming population density, public transportation is inevitable. Why not spend the money once now, instead of twice —first for highways and eventually for public transportation?"

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Miami #freetransit created economic boom. Should be expanded.

Miami Herald Miami Herald: "According to a recent study published by the Miami Downtown Development Authority (DDA), Miami’s downtown area has emerged as a “dynamic urban center … a destination to live, work and play.” Since 2000, downtown Miami’s population has increased more than 99 percent, from 40,466 to 80,750 residents. The Brickell area alone, which is served by six Metromover stations, recorded a 151 percent increase in population between 2000 and 2014. The number of households in greater downtown has more than doubled in the past decade."

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Burlington, NC, woman has a job, but no way to get to it

The Times News: "“The many nonprofits that we serve daily and talk to on a regular basis are very excited about the possibility for public transportation and hope whatever has delayed that vote on the $5 and any other concerns can be rectified so people can get that public transportation that they need so desperately,” Norwick said.

A woman said Tuesday morning she had to get a ride to the Women’s Resource Center and wanted to find out whether transportation was available because she was employed but had no way to get to her job, Watson said."

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

‘Tourist trolley’ vs. public transit: Will locals actually use the new streetcar line?

The Lens: "I live just blocks from the Elysian Fields terminus, and I can see no benefits to public transportation in my area from this costly new infrastructure."

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Houston continues to grow subsidized sprawl

Houston Chronicle: "The city suffers today from low-density suburban growth (or sprawl), which without serious public transport creates major dependence on the automobile. Consider that 2.1 million additional cars on our roads translates to an additional 17,640 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions every day.

The situation has risen in part by more than a century of developer-driven radial centric growth, and, as the capital of the oil industry, by a relentless dependency on the automobile."

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Kasim Reed wants 45% of transportation funding in metro areas for transit | Political Insider blog

ajc : "The long-awaited transportation blueprint didn’t offer any recommendations for a mass transit funding split, but suggested a historic investment to the growth of transit. It pointedly said lawmakers should encourage the “development of responsible, well-funded and coordinated public transportation” in metro areas."

Monday, December 22, 2014

Thousands of Nashville students take advantage of free MTA rides

tennessean: "Thousands of Metro students are taking advantage of Mayor Karl Dean’s program that allows them to ride city buses for free.

More than 4,600 students - grades 9 through 12 - are riding Metro Transit Authority buses for free just by showing their student IDs. It’s all part of Dean’s StrIDe program."

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Confirmed: Sprawl and Bad Transit Increase Unemployment

Metro Jacksonville: "A new study [PDF] from researchers at the U.S. Census Bureau, the Comptroller of the Currency, and Harvard University, however, addresses those shortcomings and confirms the original theory of spatial mismatch: Geographic barriers to employment — sprawl, suburban zoning, poor transit – do indeed depress employment levels."

Monday, November 17, 2014

In Texas, many people are afraid to advocate public transit

Advocate : "Victoria Transit offers fixed bus routes with stops throughout the city, provides a service to help people get to work and has routes for people with disabilities.

Each year, the number of passenger trips increases, and residents have expressed interest in more routes being offered in town and in less highly traveled parts of the city.

With the indication that there is a growing demand for public transportation, should the city of Victoria invest more in public transportation?"

Saturday, November 8, 2014

In Alabama, too many of our neighbors can't get where they need to go

arise : ""Our state's current transportation system simply can't be sustained," Forrister said. "Alabama's failure to invest in public transportation means too many of our neighbors can't get where they need to go when they need to get there. That doesn't just hurt them; it hurts our entire state's economy.""

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Good #publictransit would save people a lot of time and money in Hernando, Florida

hernando today : "This would also enable elderly citizens to cancel their dependence on driving their own cars, even purchasing automobiles, canceling car insurance, saving hundreds or thousands of dollars, and providing a safer more secure mode of transportation to the drivers and to the community at large. This system would give passengers more independence, freedom and savings. It would enable parents to be less dependent upon providing rides to their children and free up their own time."

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Palm Beach County more people want #publictransit instead of more roads

Sun Sentinel: "An increased focus on public transportation is a shift for the county, which has poured much of its investments in the past into building and expanding roads. Part of the shift is because residents are asking for it.

In a county survey asking how residents would rank transportation priorities, some 61 percent included expanding Palm Tran as a top priority. Compare that to 53 percent who included expanding and building new roads as a top priority."

Thursday, October 16, 2014

People want frequent buses. Best way? Make them free

Pinellas bus riders to U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor: We want more frequent service! - SaintPetersBlog: "Congress woman Kathy Castor took a ride on a Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority bus this morning to find out what her constituents need in a bus system. During what she calls a transit town hall, Castor spoke with about a half-dozen regular bus riders about their commutes. The most common theme: buses don’t run frequently enough."

Monday, October 13, 2014

Public Transportation Industry EXPO highlights leadership and industry innovations

Your Houston News: ""Public transportation offers more than just mobility, it also shapes communities," continued Melaniphy. “Our industry is about the future, and public transit is a crucial part of the solution to the nation's economic, energy, and environmental challenge.""

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Colorado Springs: Rally for public transportation at city hall Oct. 20

gazette : "The Community Transit Coalition is holding a rally and march in support of public transit and to mark an increase in funding in Mayor Steve Bach's 2015 proposed budget. 

The event will take place from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20 at city hall (107 N. Nevada Ave).

The organization will hand out bus passes to attendees of the event such as a full month unlimited pass, multiple 20-punch passes and single day passes.  

The mayor’s proposed budget for 2015 includes a more than $470,000 increase for transit operating and capital improvement project funds. The goal is to increase frequency on one bus route and provide grant match for a transit and pedestrian accessibility on four routes. 

For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/communitytransitcoalition or email communitytransitcoalition@gmail.com."

Monday, October 6, 2014

GOTCHA electric transportation service in Charleston offers free service at colleges

Post and Courier: "Flood said he started GOTCHA Ride in 2009 as a way to offer free, safe and eco-friendly transportation on college campuses using a fleet of electric vehicles that he developed with co-founder Drew Sfugaras. GOTCHA is an acronym for "green-operated-transit carrying humanity around.""

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Mass transit key to state's transportation future, supporters say

Post and Courier: "Some 80 percent of people surveyed in 2013 agreed that better public transit is needed, according to the study.

Maria Parker of Charleston said she can drive to work in 25 minutes but the CARTA bus service takes over an hour to get to her job in North Charleston. She lived in Germany where she did not need a car because of the advanced rail transit that cost $1,000 per year for a pass, which she said is much less than the cost of owning and maintaining a car.

Tom Fressilli of Mount Pleasant said the area needs Amtrak passenger trains running west. The route from here to Atlanta goes first to Washington D.C., he said.

"This is not rocket science. We put a man on the moon. We've got an economy geared toward cars and asphalt," he said.

The annual number of passengers on the local bus service run by CARTA has climbed past the 4.9 million mark. But as rider demand rises, the agency is scrambling to find funds to replace an aging fleet."

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Half of South Carolina does not drive

Post and Courier: "Half of S.C.'s population does not drive an automobile. About 10 percent of the people driving on our roads should not drive because they lack a valid license or insurance. These facts make the S.C. Department of Transportation's decision to hold its Sept. 23 public meeting on Daniel Island difficult to respect."