Monday, April 25, 2016

Mobility is closely tied to equality, problem is, equality is not, nor has it ever been, a goal in the US.

The Austin Chronicle: "I commend Mayor Steve Adler for attempting to make better transportation a priority in Austin. I agree with him, and with U.S. Depart­ment of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, that mobility is closely tied to equality. Foxx was quoted in a March 29 Washington Post article as saying, "Trans­portation for a long time has been seen in the light of something that is connected to opportunity. If we don't appreciate that and figure out how to do better, I think we're going to constrain our ability to grow our country. Everybody has got to have a shot." Foxx recalled growing up in a poor, black Charlotte, N.C., neighborhood: "Free­ways were there to carry people through my neighborhood, but never to my neighborhood.""

Friday, April 22, 2016

#Freetransit passes a big success and Northern Arizona University

Best Practices: University Partnerships | Mass Transit: "Serving the NAU students is an important part of NAIPTA’s mission, but it is also estimated that about 40 percent of Flagstaff’s population travels to and from the NAU campus each day for work or school. With limited parking on campus and relatively high parking permit fees, NAU and NAIPTA have partnered for several years on the ecoPASS program. NAU purchases highly discounted transit passes for all of its 2,800 employees, giving them the opportunity to have access to free public transportation. In 2015, NAU ecoPASS holders accounted for nearly 82,000 rides on Mountain Line, keeping those individual vehicles out of the congestion on campus."

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Forget odd-even, make buses fare-free and frequent.

A lot of time and money is spent researching the obvious. People want clean, safe, and frequent buses. Buses are slow because roads are jammed. Only 14% commute by car, but they take up at least 40% of the room on the road. Make the buses fare-free and ridership will jump 20%. Have more buses on order.
Firstpost: "Existing bus users want more buses to be added to the system and do not expect any major systemic law-and-order overhaul, our research implied. "

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Tennessee realizing the need for #publictransit

TN: Middle Tennessee Transit Alliance Continues Transportation Talks: ""We realize that in the future, what's going to behold for us is the problems of spending most of your life in a car on the interstates trying to get to work or around town," Craighead said.
...You can actually be from Lebanon and into downtown Nashville faster at rush hour on the Music City Star than you can on Interstate 40. That's on a normal day and anyone who commutes on Interstate 40 knows the number of normal days you'll find," Bland said.
...The biggest complaint we get about the Star is there simply isn't enough service," Bland said.
..."We have more and more industry that's coming and looking at us. If we can bring some of the employment from Nashville, we have to make sure we can get them to work and then get them back in a timely fashion. We have a lot of ideas and a lot of plans," Craighead said. "

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Friday, April 1, 2016


I'ts Up to Me Blog: "Can you imagine getting around in the city, in an electric bus, with air conditioned, wifi, clean and for free? Or touring through several neighborhoods in a vintage tram, also air conditioned, clean, with wifi and free, too? Here in Miami, it's possible!
There are two modalities of free transport. The Trolley and the Metromover."