Saturday, September 5, 2015

East Central Indiana needs more public transportation options

starpress : "Transit investments get workers to jobs and help get customers to cash registers. Good public transportation benefits all of us whether we are young, whether we are senior citizens or whether we are in our middle years. It is vital for those who have a disability as well as for those who do not drive for any reason."

Benefits of #publictransit are many and are material

Suntimes letters: "However, neither the Editorial Board nor Mr. Dillard notes the environmental benefits of expanding mass transit. According to the American Public Transportation Association, when a commuter with a 20-mile commute switches from driving to public transportation, he or she reduces carbon emissions by 4,800 pounds a year. What’s more, households relying on public transportation instead of cars save $6,251 in annual fuel costs.

We should increase Illinois’s highway tax to pay for extending the Red Line to 130th Street, extending the Blue Line to Yorktown, and building high-speed rail between the Loop and O’Hare. In addition, we should institute congestion pricing—that is, charge people for the privilege of driving downtown. Since 2003, London has done exactly that, charging commuters an average of $17.40 to enter the downtown zone. Since then, London has had a 34 percent drop in downtown drivers. The fee generate $300 million for mass transit every year. And the Brits have received an unexpected bonus–London has experienced a 40 percent decrease in the rate of car crashes."

'via Blog this'

Friday, September 4, 2015

US spending $9m a day to bomb for oil, while 45% of Americans have no #publictransit

Congress must invest in public transportation - Chicago Tribune: "That’s why it’s so disappointing that roughly 45 percent of Americans don’t have access to any public transit.

Congress’ inaction means our entire transportation infrastructure is falling apart. Is this really the best Congress can do? Americans deserve better.

I urge our members of Congress to take the lead to make public transportation the priority it should be. This issue impacts us all."

Monday, August 31, 2015

An extra car in the family costs $12K/yr, #freetransit would be $100/yr. #freeischeaper

Traffic woes make public transportation essential - Chicago Tribune: "Public transportation saves riders time and money and continues to be vital to the economy of our region and our lives. Today, a two-person household can save more than $12,100 a year by downsizing to one car, significant in tough economic times."

Friday, August 21, 2015

Free buses on Wednesdays - Dodge City, KS

Daily Globe: "Dodge City Public Transit will offer free fixed route bus service D-Tran from Aug. 19 to Oct. 21 on Wednesdays.
"We've had a pretty good response so far to the new bus service," mobility manager Ernestor De La Rosa said. "In May we developed the fixed route service with three routes and 45 bus stops. Since then, it's been picking up. For May, we started with 175 rides in the fixed route. For the month of June, we had 873 rides. For July, we had 1,267 rides. We're getting really good feedback on it."
De La Rosa said D-Tran will offer the free service to give the community an opportunity to experience public transportation firsthand."

Friday, July 24, 2015

81 year-old still driving. Is this what we want?

Vehicle at Highway 7 and Vine Hill Road struck by 81-year-old Minnetonka man - Lakeshore Weekly News: Public Safety: "The vehicle hit had been first in line at the intersection at a red light, and the striking vehicle, driven by an 81-year-old Minnetonka man, was directly behind it. The man suddenly accelerated rapidly, striking the vehicle in front of him and pushing it into the intersection. The driver of the vehicle struck was braking, and smoke was visible from the tires. It then spun and ended up facing north in the west bound lanes of Highway 7."

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Indiana, Ball State Study, buses good for business

nwtimes : "Investing in bus systems may yield returns for workforce and employers, according to a new study from Ball State University."

Friday, June 12, 2015

Riecken lays plan for improved public transportation

Courier Press: "“By attracting more riders, the city will generate increased funding for transportation, reduce traffic congestion and cut greenhouse gas emissions,” she said. “Many of the fixes to the METS system are quick, easy and inexpensive.”

Riecken’s administration would focus on three things, she said: prioritizing the needs of working citizens and students; developing an improved service environment; and improve safety and provide better bus stops."

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Who wants to save $1,000 a month?

Chicago Business Journal: "But perhaps most important— at least from RTA users' perspective — is the Earth Day revelation that commuters who switch to public transit from driving can save almost $1,000 a month in commuting expense.
Now that's an Earth Day bit of news that is likely to get the public thinking about public transportation."

Monday, April 20, 2015

Maybe they leave your state because you insult them

Young adults are getting out of Minnesota | "Despite a diversified economy and low unemployment, and enough brew pubs, music venues and bike paths to be a hipster haven, Minnesota is losing young people."
Bike lanes and pubs are not enough to attract young people. Stop insulting them.

Minnesota governor wants more tax on gasoline, better #publictransit funding

The Political Animal: "“You’ve got to have a long term commitment,” he said. “This is about moving Minnesota forward.”

Dayton has said transportation is his major priority for the session, along with education.

He has proposed boosting funding for roads and bridges by levying a new 6.5-percent sales tax on gasoline at the wholesale level, which would raise prices 16.5 cents or more at the pump."

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

One day #freetransit during Nebraska Public Transit Week "This week is Public Transit Week and today all riders are riding for free.  Nebraska Public Transit Week is an effort to bring knowledge and understanding of public transportation offered throughout the state."

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Fight here or fight over there

The battle in the US over #publictransit funding is the same war as the war in Iraq. Either the US turns the ship away from #autosprawl, or you get to watch your sons get beheaded for trying to kill Muslims for control of oil.

Public transit funding cuts in proposed Ill. budget could cost riders, RTA says | "SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WLS) -- Gov. Bruce Rauner vows to cut funding for public transit as the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) Board plans to rally the community to protest the proposed cuts.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Minnesota #publictransit ridership up, funding not

insightnews : "Over the past ten years, metro area bus ridership has increased 14% and outstate ridership has increased 25%--but funding for buses has stayed flat."

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Bus ridership increasing in Indiana :The number of passengers on IndyGo buses topped 10 million last year, the most riders since 1991.

The city’s public transportation agency said 10.29 million people rode buses in 2014 and ridership hit monthly records seven times during the course of the year. The yearly total was the highest since 9.67 million rode the buses 23 years ago, when the bus system was named Metro.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

12 Signs That The Economy Is Really Starting To Bleed Oil Patch Jobs

Zero Hedge: "
In states like North Dakota, Oklahoma and Texas, which have reaped the benefits of a domestic oil boom, the retrenchment is beginning.
“Drilling budgets are being slashed across the board,” said Ron Ness, president of the North Dakota Petroleum Council, which represents more than 500 companies working in the state’s Bakken oil patch."

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Portage Indiana excited about new #publictransit investment

EDITORIAL: Public transportation is on a roll: ""Portage is very excited about this opportunity to enhance our community with easily available public transit," Snyder wrote to NIRPC in late November.

"For Portage and Hobart to consider public transportation is a great thing and could introduce a new era," NIRPC Deputy Director Steve Strains said.

Among the options are cooperating with existing transit agencies in the region.

In addition, a new "Triangle Service" is set to begin in mid-January, serving Michigan City, LaPorte and Purdue North Central. That bus service is a three-year experiment using mainly federal funds, although Michigan City, LaPorte and PNC are chipping in as well.

We hope the Hobart, Portage and LaPorte County services are successful."

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

More NWI communities want to expand public transit

nwitimes: "A new "Triangle Service" is ready to start up in mid-January among Michigan City, LaPorte and Purdue University North Central, LaPorte TransPorte's Tom MacLennan told a meeting of the Northwest Indiana Regional Planning Commission's Transportation Policy Committee on Tuesday.

The demonstration bus service is being funded for three years mainly with federal funds. Michigan City, LaPorte, LaPorte County and Purdue North Central are contributing local funds.

In another sign of the growing interest in public transit, Hobart and Portage are both ready to embark on feasibility studies of instituting public transit, said NIRPC transit planner Belinda Petroskey."

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Chicago's Millennials Don't Like To Drive, Want More Public Transit

DNAinfo: "Millennials are drawn more toward living in urban communities than other generations. That means places where cars are less necessary and walking, biking and public transit are more of an option."

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Pipeline project: 30-inch oil pipeline would be largest originating in N.D.

New oil pipeline will cost billions and create spills. Why not make buses fare-free? Then we would not even need the oil.

Jamestown Sun: "Energy Transfer Partners LP of Dallas says it expects to have the $3.7 billion, 1,100-mile Bakken Pipeline completed and in service by the end of 2016.

It would be the largest crude oil pipeline originating in North Dakota, said Justin Kringstad, director of the state Pipeline Authority."

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Missouri to invest big money in obsolete #autosprawl system

Five Things You Need To Know About Transportation Tax | St. Louis Public Radio: "The St. Louis region – which in MoDOT’s case means St. Louis, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Jefferson County and Franklin County – would receive about $1.49 billion over the 10 years. Most of the projects on a draft list are aimed at shoring up roads and highways, including major work on Interstates 270, 70 and 170."

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Why not make public transit free?

Star Tribune: "So why not free public transit? Imagine the increase in ridership. Think of the decrease in automobile traffic and pollution. How much would local business benefit from the increase in foot traffic that free public transit would likely bring? Would you pay an extra $50 a year for such a system? Would you pay $100? How much would it actually cost the average taxpayer? And what about downtown businesses? We ask them to add a tax to their services to help pay for football and baseball stadiums. Perhaps a tax to pay for something people actually need is in order.

Free public transit is an idea whose time has come. It’s affordable, it’s logical and it would make Minnesota the talk of the nation — perhaps even the world."

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

In Chicago, some find public transit fares linked to school attendance. #youthpass

wbez : "Barbara Radner is director of DePaul University’s Center for Urban Education. She believes the reduced fare system comes with its own set of challenges. She – and a lot of school staff, parents and kids WBEZ talked to – said what kids have to go through just to get a reduced pass is way too convoluted."

Compare with Taiwan, where kids and elderly have reduced fares, but everyone uses the same card and the fares are sorted electronically. Kids go to school on public transit in great numbers.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Greenest thing a household can do -- #publictransit

huffington post : "Switching to public transportation offers an immediate alternative for individuals seeking to reduce their energy use and carbon footprints. This action far exceeds the benefits of other household energy saving activities."

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Chicago Best Restaurants withing 10 min walk of CTA L Stop

Chicago Best Restaurants - CTA L Stop: "we're making that a whole hell of a lot easier by mapping out one restaurant for every single stop -- so you can eat right after getting off the L -- that's both 1) awesome, and 2) less than a 10min walk away."

Saturday, March 29, 2014

BP spills oil into Lake Michigan

Occupy Chicago: "Monday afternoon, an estimated 1,638 gallons of oil from the tar sands in Alberta, Canada, leaked into Lake Michigan, poisoning the source of drinking water for 7 million people in and around Chicago.

The BP Refinery on the lake’s shore has admitted responsibility, but has yet to take action to ensure the safety of our drinking water and ecosystem."

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Cities competing for who has the best #publictransit

A Rider's Take on Expanding Indy's Public-Transit System | IM Feature Articles: "Indy’s public-transit system currently falls well short of those in the cities it competes with for jobs and visitors. With 346 buses, Cincinnati has nearly double the public transportation we do. And Minneapolis and Charlotte have already invested heavily in light rail. Indy budgets approximately $65 million annually for a fleet of just 155 buses, which isn’t nearly enough for a city our size. Sure, implementing Indy Connect’s plan would be expensive up front: The group estimates it would take $1.3 billion to build the first phase in Marion and Hamilton counties over a decade, requiring a .3 percent increase in those counties’ income tax. But the yearly operating cost of $136 million would be comparable to the amount our competition already spends."