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

theeagle.com: "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.

richmondmagazine.com: "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

mysuncoast.com: "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

Archpaper.com : "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."

Friday, April 7, 2017

FL - Here's your chance to ride Manatee County's buses for free

masstransitmag : "As part of Try Transit Day, MCAT will offer free fixed route rides from 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the Friday. Route 99, which goes into Sarasota, and the Skyway ConneXion express service to Pinellas County are included."

Sunday, March 26, 2017

St. Louis Republican lobbies for #publictransit

missourinet : "The organization released a study in 2014 claiming investment in transit can yield 50,731 jobs per $1 billion invested, and offers a 4 to 1 economic return.  The St. Louis Metro Transit System was singled out by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) last year as a model for its bus maintenance program.
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Nations says he’s not worried about GOP resistance to public transit funding.

“I know that people talk about Republicans and Democrats, but there are a lot of Republicans who favor public transportation as an economic development issue, which is in fact what it is” said Nations.  “Your transportation strategy, whether you move people in cars or on public transit, where’s the investment.”"

Friday, March 24, 2017

Colorado #autosprawl meltdown. Car support too much for budget.

KUNC: "“People are tired of gridlock,” said Marc Williams, the mayor of Arvada.

During his testimony he referred to himself as a staunch conservative and told lawmakers that cities are losing business because of clogged roads."

Car culture leaves disabled stranded

WBTV Charlotte: "CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -
An elderly woman who needs a wheelchair wants a safer solution to get to her doctor appointments."

Monday, March 20, 2017

Atlanta -- 84% want to be closer to #publictransit

11alive.com: "According to the responses of those surveyed, 84-percent of metro-Atlanta say want to live closer to  public transit stations. That's a 31-percent increase over the number of people questioned 5 years ago."


Saturday, March 18, 2017

Valley Metro expands free bus service

Valley Morning Star: "HARLINGEN — People on the Valley who depend on public transportation are receiving a bonus from now until August. Valley Metro is offering free fares for a six-month period, according to the Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council.
The free fares will allow the council to analyze riders’ trends and discuss the potential of establishing routes in areas of greatest need.
The usage statistics will be analyzed to determine if free public transportation should be part of the Valley’s future, officials said."

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Old, poor, sick, stranded in cartopia

Need a Ride? | Mass Transit: "Feb. 26--VALDOSTA -- Dick Bryant is 83 years old, lives in the small north Florida town of Live Oak, a few miles south of the Georgia state line, owns two cars that don't run and depends on public transportation to get to and from kidney dialysis.

"I'm on Social Security and I don't know if I could afford to pay for transportation," Bryant said. "I don't know what I would do. I don't even want to think about it.""

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Plenty of jobs available -- fossil fuels are bullish

pipelineme: "ExxonMobil has announced that is in the midst of huge investment programme in the US that will see the US oil giant invest more than $20 billion over 10 years to build and expand downstream manufacturing facilities in the country's Gulf region."

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Tennessee - #Publictransit advocates gaining some ground

Nashville Business Journal: "On Tuesday, Gov. Bill Haslam seemed to respond to local transit advocates when he filed an amendment to his transportation-funding bill that would give local governments more flexibility to fund mass-transit projects."

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."