Monday, April 25, 2016

Mobility is closely tied to equality, problem is, equality is not, nor has it ever been, a goal in the US.

The Austin Chronicle: "I commend Mayor Steve Adler for attempting to make better transportation a priority in Austin. I agree with him, and with U.S. Depart­ment of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, that mobility is closely tied to equality. Foxx was quoted in a March 29 Washington Post article as saying, "Trans­portation for a long time has been seen in the light of something that is connected to opportunity. If we don't appreciate that and figure out how to do better, I think we're going to constrain our ability to grow our country. Everybody has got to have a shot." Foxx recalled growing up in a poor, black Charlotte, N.C., neighborhood: "Free­ways were there to carry people through my neighborhood, but never to my neighborhood.""

Friday, April 22, 2016

#Freetransit passes a big success and Northern Arizona University

Best Practices: University Partnerships | Mass Transit: "Serving the NAU students is an important part of NAIPTA’s mission, but it is also estimated that about 40 percent of Flagstaff’s population travels to and from the NAU campus each day for work or school. With limited parking on campus and relatively high parking permit fees, NAU and NAIPTA have partnered for several years on the ecoPASS program. NAU purchases highly discounted transit passes for all of its 2,800 employees, giving them the opportunity to have access to free public transportation. In 2015, NAU ecoPASS holders accounted for nearly 82,000 rides on Mountain Line, keeping those individual vehicles out of the congestion on campus."

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Forget odd-even, make buses fare-free and frequent.

A lot of time and money is spent researching the obvious. People want clean, safe, and frequent buses. Buses are slow because roads are jammed. Only 14% commute by car, but they take up at least 40% of the room on the road. Make the buses fare-free and ridership will jump 20%. Have more buses on order.
Firstpost: "Existing bus users want more buses to be added to the system and do not expect any major systemic law-and-order overhaul, our research implied. "

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Tennessee realizing the need for #publictransit

TN: Middle Tennessee Transit Alliance Continues Transportation Talks: ""We realize that in the future, what's going to behold for us is the problems of spending most of your life in a car on the interstates trying to get to work or around town," Craighead said.
...You can actually be from Lebanon and into downtown Nashville faster at rush hour on the Music City Star than you can on Interstate 40. That's on a normal day and anyone who commutes on Interstate 40 knows the number of normal days you'll find," Bland said.
...The biggest complaint we get about the Star is there simply isn't enough service," Bland said.
..."We have more and more industry that's coming and looking at us. If we can bring some of the employment from Nashville, we have to make sure we can get them to work and then get them back in a timely fashion. We have a lot of ideas and a lot of plans," Craighead said. "



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Friday, April 1, 2016

FREE PUBLIC TRANSPORT IN MIAMI: YES, WE HAVE!

I'ts Up to Me Blog: "Can you imagine getting around in the city, in an electric bus, with air conditioned, wifi, clean and for free? Or touring through several neighborhoods in a vintage tram, also air conditioned, clean, with wifi and free, too? Here in Miami, it's possible!
There are two modalities of free transport. The Trolley and the Metromover."

Saturday, March 26, 2016

US still moving briskly in the wrong direction - sprawl accelerates in Austin, TX

bizjournals.com : "And downtown Austin is indeed a more popular place to live than ever. However, contrary to the popular narratives, Redfin Corp. finds that Austin homebuyers are actually moving farther from the urban core, rather than closer to it. That's bad news for traffic, which is cited as one of Austin's biggest problems."

Monday, March 21, 2016

Atlanta sprawl fueled by racism

A post-automobile world?: "“The white people in the suburbs saw MARTA as a way for black people to come to their counties, and they didn’t want it,” Atlanta Magazine writer Doug Monroe told the HPR. The common refrain among suburbanites was that MARTA stood for “Moving Africans Rapidly Through Atlanta,” he said."

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Georgia newspaper calls for more public transit, fewer studies

Editorials | valdostadailytimes.com: "Leaders don’t like to talk about poverty in their community. 

Let’s be honest, we have significant poverty in our city and metro area.  

Affordable public transportation provides an essential service, especially for those trying to climb out of poverty who may not have other means to get to work, doctor’s appointments or take care of other family needs. 

Pretending this problem does not exist does not make the problem go away. 

Funding a massive public transportation system is daunting, and frankly is probably not possible. 

A public-private partnership, or even a partnership with Valdosta State University, is far more attractive than a government-run system that would not operate efficiently and could be a black hole in the budgets of local governments. 

The pilot shuttle program, however, has demonstrated that an expanded, permanent, shuttle-type service could have a significant positive impact on the community. "

Monday, March 14, 2016

Before business relocates, they ask, "got transit?"

Ketron pitches mass transit bill: ""That sends a message to the rest of the world that we're open for business," said Ketron, who noted that industries want to know that sufficient mass transit is available before they bring operations and jobs there. "We don't want Austin, (Texas), to get ahead of us, and I think that's who we're competing with.""

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Want millennials? Got #transit?

pilotonline.com: "They gravitate toward urban living that is walkable, bikeable and has easy public transportation. More than two-thirds of millennials place high-quality transportation in their top three concerns when evaluating where to live, according to the Rockefeller Foundation. Three-fourths expect to live in a place where they will not need a car."

Uber teams with Florida city on public transit test

Daily Mail Online : "Altamonte Springs has budgeted $500,000, partly from local businesses, for a year-long study during which it will pick up 20 percent of all Uber rides in city limits, and 25 percent for those to or from its SunRail station.

"It is infinitely cheaper than the alternatives," said Martz, whose city has a population of about 43,000 and median income of $50,000. "A mile of road costs tens of millions of dollars. You can operate this for decades on $10 million.""

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Charlottesville, VA, Using More Public Transportation

newsplex: ""I would love to have to add another bus or two. It would be great to get more cars off 29 and fewer cars into the city would just be great. I know the city is excited about it as well," said McKeel."

Friday, November 27, 2015

Advocacy group aims to promote public transportation in Greensboro

yesweekly : "During the meeting, TAP proposed an initiative that was highly favored by the members of council. Entitled “Five Mile Challenge,” TAP is challenging each person in the community to ride five miles on public transit and share their experiences with the group. District 1 council member Sharon Hightower was most enthusiastic about the proposed initiative. Additionally, District 3’s Justin Outling has worked with Saunders for more than a month, listening to ideas and updates in regards to the initiative. Mayor Nancy Vaughan recommended that all of council support the challenge. The purpose of the challenge is to bring awareness to the reasons why choice riders do not ride the bus and encourage these changes to be made to remove these barriers.

In addition to the Five Mile Challenge, TAP is implementing a bus buddy program for citizens. The program seeks to form groups of friends and neighbors willing to take public transit, inviting them through email or social media to go on specific bus trips in order to achieve their 5-mile goal. This program will involve businesses promoting which stops and routes service their company. Also, the businesses will act as bus buddies by creating Facebook events or sending email threads to invite their customers to ride the bus with them to their business."

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Building more roads to solve congestion is like loosening your belt to solve obesity

Houston Chronicle: "Two weeks before the Nov. 3, 2015, election, Gov. Greg Abbott penned an op-ed that ran in the Dallas Morning News on Oct. 16, 2015, and again in the Austin American- Statesman three days later, urging voters to support a state constitutional proposition to funnel more dollars to funding Texas roads. He made the case by citing what daily traffic congestion costs Texas motorists in dollars, over the course of a year." 

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Hopeful signs of #publictransit advocacy in Paducah

WKMS: "“Our citizens of Paducah and McCracken County are now realizing the impact a public transportation system has in all of our individuals lives and the impact that it has in the community.” Boykin said.

Boykin said this is the first real conversation that has been had about the suggested upgrades and many of the changes won’t happen overnight."


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

45% of Americans have no #publictransit

Sun Sentinel: "45 percent of Americans have no public transit. This should be unacceptable in a modern society.

Congress needs to make public transit the priority it should be by passing a long-term transportation bill with increased investment in public transit. And they should do it this year, while there is still time. Our economy, environment, and quality of life are all at stake. "

Monday, November 16, 2015

Trolleys and circulators show the power of fare-free transit

Miami Herald: "“The trolleys are simply wonderful,” said Amalia Sandoval, a Venezuelan who lives in Coral Gables and rides the trolley virtually every day.

She was interviewed as she got off the Coral Gables trolley at a Publix supermarket near Ponce de León and Flagler Street.

“I come to the supermarket,” she said. “I take my granddaughter to school. Then I go home. The service is on time and the drivers are very polite. I have a car but I’d rather take the trolley because my granddaughter just loves it.”

Other riders simply like the fact that most trolley services are free.

“It gives people who don’t have fare for the bus a way to travel, because it’s free,” said Geney Perez."

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Paducah, KY -- No car? No job. #publictransit inadequate

A need for reliable public transportation - WPSD Local 6: Your news, weather, and sports authority: "PADUCAH, Ky -
If you have an 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. job and need a ride to work, you can't count on the Paducah Area Transit System's buses to get you there. They run 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. That leaves people working the day shift looking for another ride.

More than 400 people step on Paducah city buses every day. Passengers can ride to appointments, doctor's offices, the mall and grocery stores, but if you have to clock in by 8 a.m., you won't be taking a Paducah city bus.

"It can be a stressful situation trying to get to a job interview and flag a bus down," said Adam Morton, who relies on area transit.

Morton is trying to get a job. He can't drive for medical reasons, so he stands on this curb and waits. 

"I stand here and have to wave to catch the driver's attention so that driver knows I'm here," Morton said.

Buses on four routes leave at the top of every hour weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adult riders can hop on for $1, seniors and kids get a discount.

"It's great that we have it," Morton said.

However, he says it's not always reliable. There are no published timetables or bus stops for the city's five routes. Bus drivers pick up anyone who flags them down, and all buses park for one hour at noon, so every driver gets their meal break. That's not convenient when you're trying to get to work, or in Morton's case, land a job.

"I have actually experienced where they turn me down, because of what they don't consider a valid form of transportation," Morton said."

Saturday, October 31, 2015

ARC poll finds transportation still Atlanta's top concern

Atlanta Business Chronicle: "In the third annual Metro Atlanta Speaks public opinion survey, 27 percent of respondents said transportation was the biggest problem facing the region, the second consecutive year transportation topped the list of concerns."

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Graham, NC, resident lists benefits of #publictransit

Times-News: "Most of us could benefit from public transit if only we thought a little more like young professionals. How much money could you save each year by riding public transit and not owning a car or using it less? When public transit is utilized, we can be more productive working or communicating without the distraction of driving.
How can Graham benefit from public transit? Opening the opportunity for low cost transportation for all citizens of Graham in and about the city and the broader area, attracting young professionals and others to live here, attracting industry that requires public transit, to bring more retail and restaurant customers to Graham, greater opportunity for Graham residents to obtain education, more flexibility to commute to work and other opportunities. It’s time for change.
I know the value of public transportation. I depended upon Burlington public transit for transportation to work and school for education many years ago. Thank you Burlington for public transit then that was so beneficial to me and for opening to others now the same opportunities."

Friday, October 23, 2015

Miami creates mass transit trust fund

Miami Herald: "The Miami area remains among the most congested in the nation, and drivers fed up with stop-and-go commutes want solutions. On Thursday, Miami city leaders took a step toward addressing the problem."

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Gas and Oil Party trolls confront the real threat - #publictransit

Soon they will be calling you a communist for advocating public transit, might as well join us and call for fare-free public transit. We let them frame the debate as if the car-culture is normal and equal and we have to come up with money for public transit. When will they be grilled on the externalities of auto sprawl -- all the costs of cars and sprawl that are not charged to those who profit from them.

Public transportation tops City Council election forum - Valdosta Daily Times: Local News: "VALDOSTA — Lowndes County Republican Party members grilled Valdosta City Council hopefuls about public transportation and how to pay for it Tuesday evening at Austin's Cattle Company."

Monday, October 12, 2015

Dominant #autosprawl culture hurting employers who need to fill jobs

News OK: "Transportation was a common challenge, and I don't believe for a second that has changed in a state and city that have for years given only token support to public transit. Oklahoma City is at least making the transition, starting in January with resumption of bus service after 9 p.m. for the first time since 1979. More than 4,200 people ride the evening routes each month, and reports filed by EMBARK show the numbers are continuing to climb."

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

In the US, opposition to #publictransit includes a lot of racism

richmondmagazine.com: "It is, on the whole, an invigorating experience to walk so closely in history’s shadow, but not always. I was stunned when I first learned city buses stop, for all intents and purposes, at the county lines. The person who told me this said the counties, particularly Chesterfield, which bought half of the Greater Richmond Transit Co. in the racial and political tumult of the 1970s, didn’t want buses (shudder) filled with people who clearly couldn’t afford to buy a car (otherwise, why ride the bus) coming and going in their jurisdictions. Who knows, the riders might bring crime with them or, even worse, they might stay. You need to understand, the Southerner said to this Westerner, race is the subtext here, and all this has roots in white flight and suburbanization and the uncoupling of a region."

Monday, October 5, 2015

More #climate alarms - flooding in S. Carolina. respond | ignore

Catastrophic Flooding Throughout South Carolina - ABC News: "South Carolina is enduring its worst rains "in 1,000 years," Gov. Nikki Haley said this afternoon, urging residents to stay off the roads as conditions were "changing by the minute," with roads flooding and rivers at their highest levels in decades."


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

$3 Million Dollar Facility to Expand Public Transportation in Harlingen, Texas

KFXV Fox 2 News: "This new facility will include a bus washer, meeting spaces, a full service maintenance area, storage area for up to ten buses, including five new larger vehicles.

“We have expanded about 300 percent since we began. We are giving the people what they are asking for, bigger buses and more flexibility in the routes.”"

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Miami-Dade business leaders push for improvements in mass transit system

Miami Herald: "“There appears to be a broad consensus among the business community, the government and the general population that we are at a critical juncture and that making significant investments in our transit infrastructure now will benefit all sectors of this community in terms of the economy, the environment and our quality of life,” Bierman said."