Thursday, December 19, 2019

Miami-Dade transit fares provide only 1% of revenue

Suarez pointed out in his note that the cost to the county would be small: “Given the fact that total revenues from buses and Metrorail barely exceed $100 million, which is less than two percent of the operating budget for the county, the time has come to induce the use of mass transit by any and all means.” 
...Suarez has asked the county attorney’s office and the county transportation planning organization to study how both Kansas City and Salt Lake City approached the issue of free public transit. Two candidates in the Utah capital’s August mayoral primary pushed the idea of free citywide transit, and while the ultimate winner in the November runoff election pledged to work on improving the quality and frequency of service first, she has also proposed expansion of free transit to more local residents. Salt Lake City already has a fare-free zone in its downtown. 
Currently, 32 cities and towns in the United States operate free transit systems. All of them are significantly smaller than Salt Lake City, Kansas City or Miami-Dade County.

Yes, he said two percent. But that is "operating" cost. What about capital cost? Usually in big systems, operating and capital costs are about equal, meaning that fare account for on 1 percent of total costs.

Monday, December 16, 2019

Car culture means inadequate transit, an extra burden on the handicapped

Monday, December 9, 2019

Friday, December 6, 2019

1.2 million people in North Carolina barred from driving

In The Appeal: Political Report in April, Daniel Nichanian wrote about obstacles to mobility for people living in North Carolina. Driver’s licenses were revoked for 1.2 million people in the state for failing to pay court fees and fines, without any opportunity to demonstrate their inability to pay. The inability to legally drive, in a state with poor transit options, can have disastrous consequences for people’s access to employment and make the same fees and fines that led to their license suspension even more impossible to pay. 
Nichanian wrote: “Poor transportation, whether it stems from difficulties in acquiring a car or accessing transit, can harm the reentry of people who are involved in the criminal legal system, independently of whether they are eligible to have a driver’s license.” This also underscored “the pernicious nature of ideas like a New York proposal to ban people from using the subway for life if they have been convicted of certain offenses.” 

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

#autosprawlsubsidy turns to theft

Kansas City, MO, transport committee calls for #zerofaretransit

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Eloquent call for #freetransit for the NC Triangle

The benefits of fare-free public transit are not confined to the environment and traffic. Having a fare-free system allows lower wealth individuals better access to jobs, education and the many cultural and recreational opportunities our communities offer. It is the ultimate win-win.
So why not the Triangle? I recognize that going fare-free will be neither easy nor fast. It will require that our cities, counties and bus systems work cooperatively with major employers and educational institutions. And fare-free doesn’t mean free — additional revenue sources will have to be found. But as with bus trips themselves, you never finish your journey if you don’t start it.
Not only can we do this, we have to. And the time to start is now. There’s simply too much riding on it. 

Monday, July 22, 2019

Walton, FL, #freepublictransit

Three shuttles able to carry 28 passengers each will travel from northern Walton to South Walton with two stops in Freeport.
Terminals will be located at the Walton County Courthouse in DeFuniak Springs, Freeport City Hall, Freeport Commons and the Walton County Courthouse Annex in Santa Rosa Beach.
“It’s available for anybody that wants to ride in either direction,” said Carpenter, who added that fares will be free for the first three years.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Free Transit starts in Hazard, KY

LKLP Community Action Council is partnering with the City of Hazard and Perry County Fiscal Court to introduce a free three-month trial transportation route throughout the city limits.
Angel Holliday, the first person to use the transportation system, says it allows her to complete the necessary tasks. 

Friday, April 26, 2019