Monday, October 31, 2011

Piedmont #transit strikes back against critics

Supporting PART is good investment | "But perhaps the most misleading criticism PART receives is that the service we provide affects only those who actually ride our buses, and that tax dollars should never be used to support regional transportation. Nothing could be further from the truth. PART stimulates the economy by helping to attract new industry to the area, and then providing a means of getting workers to those new jobs. PART also reduces traffic congestion and saves lives by reducing the number of accidents. PART has helped to improve our air quality and enables our "choice riders" to save lots of money, which stays in our local economy."

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Friday, October 28, 2011

TEN stands with Rep. Carnahan on transit funding

TEN stands with Rep. Carnahan on transit funding: "Our transit systems are the lifeblood of our metropolitan regions. This bill would let communities spend a portion of their federal transit dollars to avoid transit fare hikes and service cuts. It would also support jobs by helping avert layoffs at transit agencies. TEN supported the initial version of the bill that Rep. Carnahan introduced last year with 144 co-sponsors, and we're very happy to see the bill re-introduced today with strong bipartisan support."

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

More southern love for public #transit

The oil industry has counted on tea-party types and a phony "fiscal crisis" to fool people into opposing public transit. The strategy is not working in the south!
A national fervor about government debt didn't stop Raleigh voters from approving $56 million in transportation and affordable housing bonds Tuesday.
Based on preliminary results, the new transportation debt secured a broad endorsement - 67 percent of the vote - and the affordable housing bond won by a solid margin, receiving 62 percent support.

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Sunday, October 9, 2011

East Cooper CARTA Riders - We're Going Somewhere Together

East Cooper CARTA Riders - We're Going Somewhere Together: "Mount Pleasant, SC- East Cooper Residents will join their neighbors for a convenient, CARTA Transit enabled trip downtown on Sunday, October 9th. to enjoy the Second Sunday on King Street Festival, which will include a photo op and online elements for folks making the trip."

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

TTI Report Says Public Transit Saved 796 Million Hours of Delay on our Nation’s Roads

TTI Report Says Public Transit Saved 796 Million Hours of Delay on our Nation’s Roads: "Public transportation’s value as a solution to relieving congestion was validated once again by the Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) 2011 Urban Mobility Report. The report which was released today looks at road congestion in 439 United States urban areas and notes that relieving congestion will be critical to keep up with job growth as the economy rebounds. As in past years, the data overwhelmingly shows the importance of public transportation in relieving congestion. (See the table below for the top 40 urban areas)."

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Ridership on Norfolk's light rail is exceeding expectations | |

Ridership on Norfolk's light rail is exceeding expectations | | "It takes Bobby Parks an extra 20 minutes to commute to work and an extra $50 for a monthly pass to ride The Tide. Still, he's hooked.

"To me, not having to drive (Interstate) 264 is worth it," he said. "It makes me cringe with the potholes and bumps. ... Light rail is less stressful and, with traffic, it's more consistent.""

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Monday, October 3, 2011

APTA Expo - Thousands converge in New Orleans

At EXPO 2011, you can discover solutions for every aspect of public transit and every division of your system, from procurement to maintenance, to engineering and operations, all from the industry’s leading manufacturers. You won’t get a better opportunity to see all the latest transportation technologies, products and services gathered together for another three years. For those at your system charged with growing, enhancing and securing public mobility, attending EXPO 2011 will be the key to moving these initiatives forward.