Friday, April 21, 2017

Arlington Texas to discuss #publictransit

Arlington Voice: "Four esteemed panelists representing all perspectives of this broad subject will participate in what is called the Arlington Public Transportation Forum."

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Free MCAT service on 'Try Transit Day' hopes to promote public use "Transit Manager Bill Steele said Try Transit Day is a great way to highlight the benefits public transportation offers riders, including saving money on fuel, improving the environment by cutting down on carbon emissions and additional productive time on the commute to and from work.

“Each year Try Transit Day is one of our most popular promotions,” Steele said. “Public transit benefits the environment and it cuts down on vehicular traffic in our county. Regular transit use allows passengers to save fuel costs, auto insurance and maintenance expense, and relieve the stress from bumper to bumper traffic.”"

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Miami annual cost of congestion $3.6B : "Polluting air and clogging roads, vehicles choke our cities. Miami ranks fifth nationally and tenth globally for congestion, as residents spend 65 hours in traffic per year on average, according to INRIX, a global traffic researcher that uses big data. Adding real injury to insult, the state’s stretch of the I-95 is America’s most deadly, according to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

There is a financial burden to excessive traffic too. INRIX estimates that congestion costs Miami drivers $3.6 billion per year (remember that figure). Additionally, drivers pay out an average of $628,000 every day in tolls, just for the privilege of using the Miami-Dade Expressway."

Monday, April 17, 2017

Racist opposition to #publictransit leaves Atlanta mired in congestion

Business Insider: "ATLANTA (AP) — The collapse of an interstate in the heart of Atlanta has more than 2 million metro residents sitting in even more traffic in the already congested city, and mass transit advocates hope the headaches will spur new interest in expanding rail and bus routes.

Many commuters come from surrounding counties that have long resisted mass transit, creating a car-centric region shaped by issues of race and class for more than four decades."

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Bus service so bad, people prefer car gridlock. Mission accomplished.

Sun Sentinel: "But lengthy waits at unsheltered bus stops in hot or rainy weather, frequent stops on the bus to pick up and drop off passengers and unreliable schedules have all contributed to making public transportation a less attractive means of transportation.

Greg Stuart, executive director of the organization that coordinates transportation projects in Broward, said planners need to find other creative ways to solve gridlock instead of focusing only on alternatives to cars.

"We’re going to have to work on roadway capacity improvements," he said."

Monday, April 10, 2017

Here's what happens when rail is developed before buses

Tony Blake | News & Observer: "For the record, the Orange County section of the light-rail line serves a tiny three-mile segment along N.C. 54 toward the UNC campus. The planned route goes from UNC to N.C. Central University, doesn’t serve Chapel Hill or Carrboro, or address any of the growing congestion on Interstate 40. It might be a worthy project for Durham and UNC, but for Orange County citizens, there's very little smart growth or economic development possible."

Friday, April 7, 2017

FL - Here's your chance to ride Manatee County's buses for free

masstransitmag : "As part of Try Transit Day, MCAT will offer free fixed route rides from 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the Friday. Route 99, which goes into Sarasota, and the Skyway ConneXion express service to Pinellas County are included."