Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Mother Nature laughing at human hubris - Will we ever learn?

- The Washington Post: "LOS ALAMOS, N.M. — A wildfire burning near the desert birthplace of the atomic bomb advanced on the Los Alamos laboratory and thousands of outdoor drums of plutonium-contaminated waste Tuesday as authorities stepped up efforts to protect the site and monitor the air for radiation."

Friday, June 24, 2011

Public transit funding needs to grow, also | Democrat and Chronicle | democratandchronicle.com

Public transit funding needs to grow, also | Democrat and Chronicle | democratandchronicle.com: "The recent study released by Transportation for America, “Aging in Place, Stuck without Options: Fixing the Mobility Crisis Threatening the Baby Boom Generation,” predicts that 85 percent of Nashville-area seniors will have poor access to transit in 2015. It is also predicted that this number will grow well beyond 2030, when the last of the baby boomers turn 65."

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Norman, Oklahoma: We are affordable, we are green

OUDaily.com | CART event encourages use of buses: "Free bus fare and free T-shirts will be given out throughout the day.

A major goal of Dump the Pump is to increase visibility for Norman’s public transportation system, CART spokeswoman Vicky Holland said.

“We are affordable, we are green,” Holland said.

The CART public transit system is vital to many individuals in the Norman community, Holland said.

“We have people that we take daily to doctor’s appointments and the grocery store,” Holland said of CART. “We’re their only mode of transportation. There are people who rely on us.”"

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Salisbury Transit System Offering Free Bus Rides on Orange and Red Ozone Action Days

Mayor Susan Kluttz, speaking on behalf of the Salisbury City Council said, “Public transportation is a vital element in our nation’s efforts to speak to economic, environmental, and energy-related challenges. Public transportation offers an affordable and convenient alternative to driving. By utilizing our public transit system, citizens are able to take advantage of all aspects of our local environment. Our transit system allows riders to travel to work, conduct business, reach medical facilities, and participate in community events.” Kluttz notes that the environmental impact of choosing public transit s significant. “Ground-level ozone and smog can emerge when cars and household products generate hazardous emissions. In comparison to private vehicles, public transportation generates 95% less carbon monoxide. The free bus fare program offers a wonderful opportunity for citizens to help improve air quality, lessen greenhouse gas emissions, and support our nation’s efforts to become less reliant on foreign oil.”