Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Tea Party always has been pro-oil, anti-transit astroturf

SaintPetersBlog: "The three Tea Party-aligned citizen activists have led the opposition to the two major public transit initiatives that have gone down to defeat over the past seven years, and contributed strongly to a third never making it to the ballot in Hillsborough County in 2016 (they also proudly add the failed referendums in Polk County in 2010 and 2014, as well)."

Memphis should set high goals for public transportation

commercialappeal : "There is no doubt that Memphis could make a more credible claim for greatness with a modern, expanded, reliable and well patronized public transportation system.

The benefits that could be realized in transportation efficiency, health, safety and the environment would be significant. People accustomed to public transportation or who want to get with fewer cars – perhaps no cars at all – would be more likely to make Memphis their home."

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

A big reason why US #publictransit sucks -- #racism

Streetsblog USA: "Other scholars have chronicled “this racialized animosity toward transit” in Atlanta, including Jason Henderson, a geography professor at San Francisco State University. “Since it was established in the 1960s,” he wrote in a 2006 paper on the politics of automcobility in Atlanta, MARTA “was jokingly referred to as ‘Moving Africans Rapidly Through Atlanta.’” Indeed, he continued, “Every county in metropolitan Atlanta, with the exception of Fulton and DeKalb, had contentious local debates or referendums on either joining MARTA or establishing an independent, stand-alone transit system.”"

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Autosprawl pain. Sparse public transport means hard to get home from work.

Group says late-night workers in Asheville need better public transit | WLOS: "An economic development agency is using Transit Week to bring attention to a problem it said service industry workers are facing.
Just Economics said chefs, bartenders and others who work after hours downtown have trouble getting to and from work without public transportation operating."


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Gov. Haslam plan would allow local referendums for transit funding

tennessean : "The proposed $6 billion Middle Tennessee regional transit system, endorsed by Barry following a lengthy community input process called nMotion, involves a wide assortment of transit options including light rail, commuter rail and bus rapid transit both within Davidson County and connecting to outlying counties.

Historically, public referendums on transit have a mixed track record of both passing and failing elsewhere in the U.S., but transit projects found widespread support during the most November election. Voters in Atlanta, Indianapolis, San Jose, Raleigh, N.C., Portland, Ore., Charleston, S.C. and others each passed referendums focused on transit funding."

Arlington Renewing Efforts Toward Public Transportation

CBS Dallas / Fort Worth: "In the past, Arlington has balked at diesel-powered buses on its streets and light rail.

Now though, Arlington could select buses that use clean-burning compressed natural gas.

But Arlington’s mayor is taking it even further. He imagines an automated, electric shuttle connecting places new developments like Texas Live!, downtown, shopping areas and UT Arlington."

America needs reliable public transportation

The Crimson White: "American cities are plagued by sprawl. We have torn cities apart, transplanting the vital wealth and residents to distant suburbs and 
filling in the gaps with more and more asphalt. What has resulted is a 
hellscape of highways, interrupted only temporarily by fast food drive-thrus and uninspiring strip malls. We have taken the vastness of our 
country and paved every inch we can get our hands on.

The United States lacks something 
that virtually every other highly-
developed nation possesses: a reliable public transportation system."

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Public Transport Supporters: Mass Transit Has Mass Appeal for Tennessee

Murfreesboro News and Radio: "While work to the state's thousands of miles of roads is no doubt on the list, public transportation advocates want to remind Haslam that mass transit also is key to solving traffic and mobility issues.

"Roads and bridges are obviously critically important," says Jason Spain, executive director of the Tennessee Public Transportation Association. "If we're talking about a comprehensive look at our infrastructure system in Tennessee, it has to include public transportation."

Friday, January 13, 2017

#Autosprawl collapse - here are the numbers for one town

The Real Reason Your City Has No Money — Strong Towns: "Thus, Lafayette has a predicament. Infrastructure was supposed to serve them. Now they serve it.

All of the programs and incentives put in place by the federal and state governments to induce higher levels of growth by building more infrastructure has made the city of Lafayette functionally insolvent. Lafayette has collectively made more promises than it can keep and it's not even close. If they operated on accrual accounting -- where you account for your long term liabilities -- instead of a cash basis -- where you don't -- they would have been bankrupt decades ago. This is a pattern we see in every city we've examined. It is a byproduct of the American pattern of development we adopted everywhere after World War II."
The solution is to make buses fare-free and start unwinding autosprawl.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Tennessee - We can't build our way out of congestion

Public News Service: "“We've reached a point where it's no longer feasible to think that we can just build our way out of congestion issues in the urban areas, and in the rural areas, it's an issue of mobility, connecting people with jobs, doctor's appointments, schools."

This month the Tennessee Transit Coalition – comprised of Spain's group, as well as AARP and the Tennessee Disability Coalition and others – delivered 1,000 signatures from 60 counties to the governor's desk, letting him know that public transportation is a priority for their communities."

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Study shows Tennesseans want more biking, walking, and #publictransit

Times Free Press : "NASHVILLE — As Gov. Bill Haslam prepares to recommend a gas tax increase to address state transportation needs, a newly released survey says a majority of Tennesseans also support greater public investments in biking and walking trails, as well as sidewalks and public transportation."

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

In Georgia, poor people stranded by car culture

masstransitmag : "The lack of public transportation in Glynn County was identified in the last year as the No. 1 challenge the community faces. Studies have linked poor public transportation directly to perpetuating poverty and joblessness in Glynn County.

"Over 30 percent of the children in Glynn County live in poverty households and 45 percent live in single family households," Ennis-Roughton told the BATS members and Don Masisak.

Masisak is with the Coastal Regional Commission and recently presented a proposal and cost estimate for a transportation system.

Ennis-Roughton said further that, "Car ownership is not economically feasible for the majority of those living in poverty, an issue exacerbated by the fact that Georgia ranks No. 1 in the nation for the cost of car ownership," she said in the letter, citing a CNN report. "Isolation from community assets and resources, including youth activities and health services, keeps the impoverished community stranded in a repetitive cycle of hopelessness.""

Thursday, December 15, 2016

CARTA announces half-a-million dollars in funding for public transportation

Live5News.com : "Sen. Marlon Kimpson and Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority officials today announced $500,000 in funding from the S.C. Department of Parks Recreation and Tourism for public transit in the Lowcountry.

Sen. Kimpson worked in the Senate to secure the funds, which will be used to tangibly improve the transit experience for hundreds of thousands of residents and visitors beginning early next year."

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Arkansas - Service frequency critical to #publictransit ridership

NWADG : "Layza Lopez-Love, a Los Angeles native who works at Community Clinic in Springdale, attended Tuesday's meeting. Lopez-Love said she has not used public transportation in Springdale, not for lack of desire, but because of lack of availability. She frequently rode the bus in Los Angeles, and if she could improve anything about Springdale public transportation, it would be expanding the frequency of bus routes.

"I often hear from other people who use the bus that it runs so infrequently that they are often waiting outside," Lopez-Love said."

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

I-65 choking on cars, #publictransit "only solution"

Nashville Public Radio: "“The only solution is to look at some kind of public transportation system,” Graves says. “From my perspective and I think a lot of people in this room, we need TDOT to engage more with transit and not just talk about roads and bridges.”"

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Missing from #publictransit funding debate, buses save more than they cost

Tampa Bay Times: ""It was pretty clear in that ordinance language that we're talking about a road-intensive plan," said Commissioner Stacy White."
Spending more on roads fixes nothing. Yet public-transit advocates keep losing the funding debate. Investing in buses actually saves money... and saves even more if they are fare-free. But the true costs of the auto and sprawl culture do not get into the debates. So the sprawl profiteers win again and again.



we show the true costs of the auto here

Thursday, October 6, 2016

McKinney, TX, car culture doesn't work for poor, old, disabled

Dallas News: "The move has left some residents stranded.

Justin Mann and his guide dog, Garvey, arrived at their McKinney home on a TAPS Public Transit bus on Oct. 8, 2015. (Ashley Landis/The Dallas Morning News) Staff Photographer
Mann relied on TAPS to get from his McKinney home to work each day in Frisco. For months now, he's bummed rides from friends and family. He's resorted to using a SignUpGenius page to connect with volunteers willing to drive him each day.
Sometimes, he takes Uber to work. A couple of times, he's stayed at a hotel in Frisco when he knew he wouldn't have a ride.
He moved to the northern Dallas suburb in 2011 to be closer to his parents in Gainesville. He researched public transportation options before the move and landed on McKinney. 
"Had I known what I was dealing with now, I would never have moved here. Ever," he said."

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Texas town bus ridership up 24% with fare-free plan for students

Valley Metro seeing ridership boom: "Ridership on Valley Metro, the bus service which spans an area from Brownsville to Zapata County, is forecast to be up 24 percent over last year.
“Primarily it’s because of partnerships we have with South Texas colleges — UTRGV, STC, TSTC,” said Tom Logan, Valley Metro’s director. “The students, the faculty and staff have really started taking advantage of that service, and that’s where we’ve seen that growth in our ridership numbers.”
And who wouldn’t take the bus? For many students, faculty and staff, rides are free with a valid college ID.
Yet the numbers suggest these new riders don’t account for all of the ridership increase."

Monday, September 26, 2016

Cape Girardeau Co. transit proposes free bus rides

KFVS12 : "At the meeting, Mogelnicki said ridership increases every year, but if ridership becomes free he expects it to grow.

"I think a lot more people would ride the bus if it was free," transit rider John Tinsely said.

He said after going to Kansas City and seeing the light rail run for free, he said why can't Cape Girardeau do the same thing.

"I like it, right now we're in between jobs, so it would be easier for us to ride transportation, we're just now moving here to Cape from Charelston and it's hard for us to get back and forth I think it's a neat idea," transit rider Beria Willis said.

Some city council members said it would be a positive thing for the community.

"I think $2 would make a lot of difference between some people. mean we don't have a bunch of money like [Willis] said we're in between jobs and we're just struggling to get by and we take the bus everywhere we go, so I think it would make a lot of difference," Tinsely said."

Monday, September 19, 2016

Arkansas - bus frequency very important to riders

Report Recommends Improvements To City Public Transportation: "One of the recommendations is to increase the frequency of buses. Something riders agree with.

"Every fifteen minutes they should have the buses, on Saturday and Sunday," said Andrews. "

Sunday, August 28, 2016

#Sprawl has left poor-people stranded in rural south

times-georgian.com: "The findings of a recent survey show there is a need for a rural, countywide, door-to-door, pay-per-ride transportation system in Carroll County. The survey was led by John Lebowitz who has spent past year as a member of the Board of Commissioners Public Transit Study Committee. "

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Dont Miss the Bus Tennesseans Organize for Better Public Transit

Public News Service: "MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The number of people taking public transit in Tennessee is on the rise, according to the Tennessee Public Transportation Association, and citizen groups are beginning to organize to make sure their city maintains and improves its local bus service. This week, the Memphis Bus Riders Union met with the area Amalgamated Transit Union Local 713 to discuss how cuts to bus service and route consolidation are affecting their communities. "

Sunday, August 7, 2016

People are afraid to take the bus because of threatening car traffic at bus stops

Longview News-Journal: "Then there's the fact these journeys take more planning, more time and, sometimes, more reliance on the human kindness of our neighbors. Consider having to wait an hour to be able to start — or continue — your journey because that is when the next bus arrives.

But if we wonder what it is that keeps more folks from using public transit, we should acknowledge that factors such as feeling unsafe standing near traffic whizzing by on major thoroughfares while waiting on the bus plays a role. So does the fact some of us tend to look down on those who ride the bus."

Friday, August 5, 2016

Montgomery County Texas discussing #publictransit upgrade

Community Impact Newspaper: "Oak Ridge North Mayor Jim Kuykendall said upgrading the county’s public transportation system is necessary, adding that the county should designate a public transportation manager to take the lead on any initiatives."

Friday, July 29, 2016

Residents seek expanded transportation options in Longview, TX

News-Journal: "A woman working with homeless families in Longview didn't have to think twice about what's needed in local transportation Monday.

"My main thing is, we need more," Longview Interfaith Hospitality Network Case Manager Martha Nichols said, early in a public input session for a five-year update on transportation needs in a 14-county region. "We need more buses, we need more hours (of operation) in the day. We need for routes not to take quite so long. ... I would love to see it (operate) seven days.""

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Austin Cap Metro offers one-day free rides to promote #publictransit

'Austin Don't Rush' Asks Commuters to Use Public Transport: "AUSTIN -- Central Texas commuters are encouraged to take public transportation, carpool, or work from home Wednesday.

It's an initiative called "Austin Don't Rush."

The campaign is intended to relieve congestion on Central Texas highways.

Capital Metro and the Capital Area Rural Transportation System will both be offering free rides.

"If we could all take a bus or a train, we're gonna take a lot of cars off the road and make it easier for people to get where they need to go," said David Marsh of the Capital Area Rural Transportation System.   "

Monday, May 2, 2016

Louisville, KY, "There's money available to fund transportation, we're just using it to fund transportation by car is the problem"

WDRB 41: "
"There's money available to fund transportation, we're just using it to fund transportation by car is the problem," Kolb said. "If we continue to have a transportation mindset in the 50s, we're going to continue to fall farther behind."..."You can't just talk about investing in public transportation,"Meyer said. "You also have to have complete street design and access to that transportation.""