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 "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."