Wednesday, July 31, 2013

There is no way to make cars safe - "hand's free" a bust.

Hands-free tools make driving less safe | Technology | The Island Packet: "The fundamental problem is that safe driving demands attention, but multitasking divides our mental resources. "Just because a new technology does not take the eyes off the road does not make it safe to be used while the vehicle is in motion," Strayer wrote in the study."

Monday, July 29, 2013

Friday, July 26, 2013

Memphis bus service cuts could cost jobs

Bus riders say if MATA moves forward with cutting and changing bus routes, it could cost them their jobs."

Bus Riders Union

Two South Carolina business groups split from oil industry on #climate

Blue Tape Marks Climate Change Risks for Coastal Businesses - Businessweek: "The American Sustainable Business Council and another advocacy group, the Small Business Majority, plan to release a report Thursday showing that “small businesses with fewer locations and limited resources are particularly vulnerable to devastating extreme weather events,” according to a news release from the group."

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Monday, July 22, 2013

Car culture keeps poor people poor

Public Transportation Isn't Just About Saving the Environment: "As it turns out (and as many of us could have guessed), cars, and urban planning that reifies and institutionalizes the car as the default mode of urban transportation at the expense of public transportation, are also terrible from the point of view of income inequality, as The New York Times learns from a new study that compares income mobility—the ability of people to move from one income bracket to another—across metropolitan areas:"

Friday, July 19, 2013

Murfreesboro Rover provides over a quarter million trips in a year

Officials: Rover shows mass transit can work | The Daily News Journal | "The Rover is a small step that was taken in 2007 toward a bigger system. From July 2012 through May 2013, the Rover logged 259,324 riders — a 119 percent increase from 2008’s 118,659 riders, according to the Murfreesboro transportation department."

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Walking good for business

The Pedestrian Path: Life from a pedestrian's perspective: "I had suspected, based on my own behaviors,  that creating a friendlier environment to attract pedestrians, cyclists, and transit-users could be beneficial to the surrounding area in ways you usually don’t think about (normally just safety and appearances).

When I’m walking downtown, where walkability is at its peak in Kansas City, I often stop by the grocery store or maybe a coffee shop (my new, favorite detour goes by a local shoe store). And it makes sense. Stopping on a pedestrian journey is considerably easier when on foot/bike as opposed to in a car, where you have to pull over and find a parking space. Driving is about getting from A to B, while walking’s slowness forces you to enjoy and take advantage of the surroundings."

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Saturday, July 6, 2013

Flash flood warnings from Gulf Coast to Ohio Valley

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An empty car is submerged in a flooded area of the parking lot of The Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. on Friday.
U.S. News: "Flood and flash flood warning were issued Saturday for a vast area stretching from the Gulf Coast to the Ohio Valley."

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Southern folks love #publictransit, did not get #Koch memo

TAPS Public Transit begins service in Collin County - North Texas e-News: "For many Collin County residents, TAPS provides a vital connection to work, school and community activities. The event was marked by a low-key ceremony this morning just after 7:00 a.m., at the Gateway Blvd. Park and Ride, as about a dozen county and city officials and TAP Public Transit executives gathered to take a test ride on a the “Parker Road Express,” the express shuttle service from McKinney to DART in Plano."