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."

Friday, August 22, 2014

Birmingham's public transportation system must be fixed

AL.com: "I have been riding public transportation for over 40 years in cities all over the world and by far MAX is the worst. If a bus is late, that does not really bother me as much as it does when buses never come or do not take the prescribed route. That is when I get upset, especially when I pay for a 31 day pass to get me back and forth to work. What is the need for bus stops if the buses do not drive the route?  On several occasions I have had the bus driver ask me what the route was."

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Greenville - #freetransit leads to more transit

MyrtleBeachOnline.com: "With increased growth has come increased demand for the trolley, leading to the announcement earlier this month of two new trolleys being added to Greenville's fledgling fleet. The first of those began providing parking transportation for Greenville Drive baseball games Monday and started regular downtown service Thursday night."

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Phoenix Mayor Wants To Improve Public Transit

KJZZ : "Phoenix is creating a citizen’s committee meant to help improve public transportation in the city. Mayor Greg Stanton said he wants to triple the amount of light-rail lines in the city, increase bus routes and make the city friendlier to bikes and pedestrians."

Thursday, July 31, 2014

How public transportation could help Nogales

Green Valley News: Columns: "Lopez nailed it, saying a public transit system “Goes directly to quality-of-life issues in Nogales.” The study estimated that 400 people ride the hodgepodge of locally and haphazardly operated buses daily, but trends show rider numbers increase as bus routes become established and dependable."

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Driving drops in Arizona as more ride public transportation

tucsonsentinel : "Public transit use rose across Arizona as the number of miles driven dwindled, according to a new report that called for shifting funds from “unnecessary” highway projects to mass transit."

Monday, July 21, 2014

If buses benefit all, why not spread the cost and increase use by removing fares?

Becky Yanni: The community benefits from public transportation | StAugustine.com: "While the Sunshine Bus service clearly benefits those residents who use it, even larger benefits accrue to all St. Johns County citizens in the form of economic development, reduced congestion, more livable communities and cleaner air.

Public transportation stimulates economic development."

Friday, July 18, 2014

Texas - Residents push for public transportation

www.statesman.com: "During a July 9 public hearing regarding federal Community Development Block Grants, issued by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, nearly 20 residents gathered to tell the City Council how difficult getting around the area without personal transportation can be.
Ernest Tomes, a blind Pflugerville resident, was the first to approach the council and spoke of his experiences with the lack of proper public transportation in the city and his struggles for personal independence."

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Gift of car more evidence that auto-system does not work

The US is hopelessly car-dependent. This is devastating to poor people, making life more difficult in many different ways.

Nonprofit provides car to help single father - NewsAdvance.com : News - Local Lynchburg, Virginia Area: "Presbyterian Homes, a Lynchburg nonprofit, runs the local branch of the national Ways to Work initiative, a program that provides low-interest loans, credit rehabilitation and other services for working families."

Monday, June 2, 2014

Oil industry needs you back in your car, NOW!

Bicycles are such a threat to the oil industry, that they have police physically attack riders. Why don't they physically attack people who are dumping carbon into the atmosphere?

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Ft. Collins Colorado BRT fare-free until Aug 24th

MAX now rolling in Fort Collins - Loveland Reporter-Herald: "The first bus rapid transit system in the Front Range debuted in Fort Collins on Saturday.

MAX, a service of the city of Fort Collins and Transport, the city's public transportation provider, will be free to ride throughout the summer."

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Ben Hill considers public transportation service

MySouthwestGA.com: "“There are a lot of different people who don't drive or don't have vehicles and they have a hard time getting around. We understand that and we've tried to figure out how to do it,” said Frank Field, Ben Hill County Administrator."

Saturday, April 26, 2014

People no longer want to be car-dependent

Transportation For America : " While 64 percent in Nashville say they expect to live in walkable places where they don’t necessarily need a car, only 6 percent say they currently live in such a place."

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Call for Public Transportation

Horizons Newspaper: "Creating a transportation system for Prescott would decrease the amount of traffic and pollution in the city. It would give the people a way to get around our spread out city and access remote locations.
Some people don’t see this idea in a positive way. They believe it would be too expensive and undermine our town’s infrastructure. Although these concerns are valid, the benefits will outweigh them."

Friday, April 18, 2014

Lack of #publictransit locks people in poverty - especially in the south

In Climbing Income Ladder, Location Matters - NYTimes.com: "The study — based on millions of anonymous earnings records and being released this week by a team of top academic economists — is the first with enough data to compare upward mobility across metropolitan areas. These comparisons provide some of the most powerful evidence so far about the factors that seem to drive people’s chances of rising beyond the station of their birth, including education, family structure and the economic layout of metropolitan areas."

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Drought and flood, flood and drought. It's #climatechange

Photo By Joe Raedle/Getty Images 
Drought now affecting two thirds of Texas - Houston Chronicle: "The Lone Star State can't seem to stay out of the heat. In a new drought report by the Texas Water Development Board, the state saw worsening conditions that now affect two thirds of Texas."

Flooding in the South Swamps Birmingham, Atlanta; Child Found Dead in Mississippi, 1 Dead in Georgia - weather.com: "Severe thunderstorms dumped heavy rains across the Southeast on Monday and caused flash flooding in central Alabama, where crews in small boats and military trucks had to rescue dozens of people from their homes and cars."

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Koch Brothers Quietly Seek To Ban New Mass Transit In Tennessee

ThinkProgress: "The Tennessee Senate passed a bill last week that, if approved, would broadly ban mass transit projects in the region, an anti-transit effort that’s gotten some help in the state from Charles and David Koch."

Monday, March 31, 2014

Austin Texas, bad #publictransit means more drunks on the road

Austinite Creates Change.org Petition To Denounce City's Public Transportation Shortcomings: Austinist: "The glaring flaws in the quality, infrastructure, and availability of public transportation in Austin have received increasing attention in the weeks following SXSW. "

Gretchen Nielsen: On giving up my car and riding the bus

azstarnet : "Having been converted, I’ve joined the Bus Riders’ Union. The back of our bright, yellow T-shirts display the words of Enrique Penalosa: “An advanced city is not one where even the poor use cars, but rather one where even the rich use public transport.”

We need more Tucsonans to wise up and live like city folks who wouldn’t dream of being a slave to a car. As an incentive to get real, bus fares should be lowered. Everybody in Tucson will be better off when more of us — rich and poor, young and old — are leaving the driving to a pro."

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Columbiana's free public transportation trolley begins rolling around town April 1

AL.com: "The trolley is part of the city's new public transportation service that will run along a still undetermined route in the community and give passengers a ride for free. Donations will be accepted."

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Raleigh mayor sums up the #publictransit race to the top in one bite

NewsObserver.com: "“In order for us to remain competitive, we must address the fact that we need a robust public transportation system,” the mayor said in her 15-minute speech at the Raleigh Rotary Club. “This is key for our economic development. Without it, we will be overcome with our success and choke ourselves off with congestion.”"

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Guest Column: Effective public transportation for our city

HISTORIC CITY NEWS: "If this city wants to solve our parking crisis the only solution is effective public transportation. When we can development real mass transit to and from our city, non-automotive visitation from St. Johns County and other cities will increase resulting in less pressure on existing parking space making futile plans to squeeze in more unnecessary.

I believe in our city everyone understands the need for viable mass transit to alleviate congestion on all levels and promote minimum impact tourism. We must realize that this is rapidly becoming a crisis that can’t be ignored for much longer. As your commissioner, using my qualifications, experience and expertise, I can and will create and implement a real plan and lay the groundwork for the good of every resident of our neighborhoods, our businesses and the good of our city’s future."

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Three Texas Lakes Hit Record Low Levels as Drought Deepens

(Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
weather.com: "According to a drought update issued Friday by the National Weather Service in Ft. Worth, Texas, Lakes Granbury, Nocona, and Ray Hubbard each plummeted to new record lows since dams creating those lakes were completed in the 1960s. "

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Houston among top cities in public transportation ridership growth

khou.com : "Houston, which has been more notable for its sprawl than its public transportation offerings, had a large ridership gain. So did Seattle, Miami, Denver and San Diego. The New York area's behemoth transit network saw the greatest gain, accounting for one in three trips nationally.

Transit advocates argue that the public increasingly values the ability to get around without a car. They offer as evidence the nation's urban shift and the movement to concentrate new development around transit hubs.

"People want to work and live along transit lines," Melaniphy said. "Businesses, universities and housing are all moving along those corridors.""

Another privatization scam exposed

WJBF-TV ABC 6: ""Is it more expensive to have the private contractor in there?" we asked. "Most certainly, it is more expensive plus it limits what you can do," says Lockett.

During the Finance Committee meeting, Commissioners questioned the Finance Department's number, suggesting employee benefits or other factors were not included, and that the comparison was not "apples to apples".

"Those were the bottom line numbers. It includes all of the costs, not just salaries and fringes," says Susan Kain, the Finance Department's grand coordinator.

"So, it shows when the city ran transit for a six month period, it was less expensive," we asked Kain. "Correct," said Kain. "So, there was no manipulating of the numbers?" we asked. "Absolutely none," she said."