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."

Friday, September 11, 2015

Albemarle County, Virginia needs buses to get people to work, reduce congestion

NBC29 WVIR: "“If you don't get folks to jobs, they're going to remain impoverished and if you don't give folks options besides single occupant vehicle driving, you're going to get nothing but increased congestion on local roads,” Patrick Galvin of City Council said."

Monday, August 31, 2015

It's Time For Improved Public Transportation In The Las Cruces Area And Beyond

Carpenter: KRWG: "It comes back to cost. Whining about "parents who don't care," is nonsense. We carp about people who "don't want to work," but do nothing to help them access work, job-training programs and language-learning centers. We wring our hands over children who join gangs, but refuse to hold out a hand to make sure youngsters can reach after-school recreational activities, league play, scouting programs, and wholesome weekend activities. Filling our local malls, parks, recreation centers, and theaters with kids on the weekends would benefit our local economy at the same time."

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Poor workers can't afford cars, capitalists want them to walk to work

Federal legislation will put public transportation at risk | The Sun News: "This bill would shift the present $5 million budget to counties and private business or else the approximate 500,000 ridership in Georgetown and Horry counties would be walking or staying home, in many cases unable to reach their workplaces. Furthermore, this $5 million-plus budget barely keeps public transit running, with too few designated stops by buses which are past due for replacement."

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

4 benefits public transportation gives students

abcnews: "Getting to and from school can cause major headaches for families each year."

Decline in driving, increase in public transit in Arizona

svherald.com: "As personal vehicle travel has decreased, the number of trips and the number of miles traveled by public transportation has increased in Arizona. In the Phoenix metro area, the light rail is already experiencing ridership numbers that weren’t projected to be reached until the year 2020. The Northern Arizona Intergovernmental Public Transportation Authority has seen ridership grow from under 200,000 in 2001 to more than 1.8 million in 2013. And in Yuma, ridership on Yuma County Area Transit has doubled since 2005."

Arkansas share of young workers 7 percentage points below average

arkansasonline: "When we talk quality of life, we often talk about entertainment options and cultural amenities, but mass transit is an important component as well, especially, as we're learning, with those nearly 90 million millennials living in the U.S."

Saturday, July 18, 2015

More roads "not the answer" in Miami-Dade

Miami Herald: "Moreover, several county commissioners who have influence over local transportation issues have said they want to see projects that benefit mass transit, not cars.

“More roads is not the answer to traffic congestion,” said Miami-Dade County Commissioner Rebeca Sosa during a recent meeting in which FDOT officials outlined a project for an overpass at the corner of Southwest Eighth Street and 87th Avenue.

The next meeting on transit solutions is scheduled for Wednesday at 3 p.m. in the County Commission Chambers downtown."

Sunday, June 28, 2015

In Tucson and beyond, public transportation needed, underfunded

/tucson.com: "The Federal Transit Administration estimates the cumulative national cost of fixing or replacing transit assets in disrepair or operating beyond their useful life at $87.7 billion."

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Hernando commissioners raise gas tax to pay for public transit, roads improvements

Tampa Bay Times: "Effective Sept. 1, Hernando County motorists will pay an additional 3 cents per gallon in gas tax.

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The County Commission on Tuesday approved the increase to provide a dedicated source of funding for Hernando's fixed-route public transit system, THE Bus; upgrades to the bus service; ongoing road paving maintenance, and dollars for a few needed road improvement projects."

Monday, June 22, 2015

Ozark Regional Transit -- two days of free rides

KFSM 5NEWS: "Ozark Regional Transit raised awareness last week about public transportation by offering free fares on Thursday and Friday."

Friday, June 19, 2015

Dump the Pump Day promotes local public transportation

gainesvilletimes: "Public transportation, such as the Gainesville [Georgia] Connection bus system, is a critical part of the local economy, Moss said.

About 12,300 passengers are served each month by Gainesville Connection."

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Thanks to #publictransit, #carfree living is possible in Norman, OK

Norman Transcript: Columns: "Students and businesses aren’t the only ones who benefit from transit. People looking to move to Norman to work or go to school are looking for housing and apartments in locations where they don’t need a car to get around. For many international students at OU, the bus system is vital."

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Public Transport Survey Finds MARTA Safe, Reliable Alternative to Cars

MARTA: "Our findings reaffirmed that we should continue to make the case that public transit is a safe, reliable and convenient alternative to the automobile."

Friday, May 29, 2015

Wilson: Public transit is a priority for Apex seniors

News & Observer: "I would like to speak out for our less vocal seniors. These are the ones who would enjoy taking part in these activities but cannot due to transportation limitations. Either they no longer drive or have no private transportation."

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?"