Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Kansas City considering fare-free #publictransit

..., Kansas City Area Transportation Authority buses are seldom packed. Even at rush hour, many are less than full, and some buses run almost completely empty in the middle of the day. But in downtown, thousands of residents and visitors each month gladly hop on and off the Kansas City Streetcar Authority’s Main Street streetcar line. Cost to ride the streetcar: zero. 
Put these facts together and it seems like it might be a good idea if public transit everywhere in Kansas City became free to use.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Indianapolis, better service means more riders

The city of Indianapolis is learning that beefed-up transit service quickly translates to more riders — with local transit agency IndyGo reporting this week that ridership was up 3.4 percent this August compared to the previous year.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Chicago students should have #freetransit

chicagotribune On Sept. 4, about 370,000 Chicago Public Schools students will navigate our city streets, many using public transportation, to the first day of school. For these students, this is the only day of the year that their transportation fees will be free — unlike many students in other schools across the state whose transportation is provided for the entire school year.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Pro-growth argument for more #publictransit

chicagotribune Sadly, Illinois state government has — unlike other states like Indiana or Texas that are investing more — cut mass transit funding by hundreds of millions. Mass transit grows the private-sector economy in studies showing $4 in returns for each public $1 invested. Every workday, one-sixth of Illinois’ population, over 2 million riders, take mass transit to work, school, doctor visits or for leisure.
Nationally in the past two election cycles, nearly 70 percent of all mass transit referendums to expand or improve service passed. Where transit goes, the economy grows.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018


My BLOCK MY HOOD MY CITY: "MBMHMC provides youth with new experiences, exposing them to possibilities beyond their own communities. Our mission is to help teenagers overcome the poverty and isolation they face, boosting educational attainment and opening them to opportunities that make a difference in their lives.

Fare-free CTA would save Chicago $$$billions

Should the CTA be free? Why not? | Transportation | Chicago Reader: "But is it really such a crazy idea from an economic point of view? Transit helps people get to schools, jobs, and preventative health care, and if a higher percentage of current Chicago residents were well educated, employed, and healthy, that could save a lot of money for society. And coaxing more people out of cars and onto buses and el trains would mean less congestion, pollution, and crashes, which would lead to less lost productivity and property damage, lower bills for public health and first responder services, and less wear and tear on roads.

For example, a 2014 study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that U.S. traffic crashes cost $871 billion a year in economic and societal costs. Since the city of Chicago represents about 1/120th of the nation’s population, our share of that loss could be roughly $7.3 billion."

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Go to jail for bus fare?

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Rahm Emanuel's Commitment to Lowering Emissions Falls Short of Addressing Pollution Hotspots Across the City of Chicago.

LVEJO: "LITTLE VILLAGE, CHICAGO, IL – Mayor Rahm Emanuel along with various municipal leaders from across the Country, Canada and Mexico are gathering to articulate commitments to the Paris Agreement. Although this is a great step in the right direction, environmental justice communities suffer first hand the consequences of climate change therefore should have a say in the direct demands and actions needed to make our communities healthy and safe. The Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO) along with community members and allies such as Moms Clean Air Force, Blacks in Green, Southeast Side Coalition to Ban Petcoke and others, will come together to give testimony on the hardships and health harms that have affected our communities due to the industrial legacy in our backyards. We hope to shine light and bring policies and regulation that are inclusive of environment and health to our industrial corridors which currently do not protect us."

Friday, January 12, 2018

Nebraska: Tri-City Roadrunner begins fixed route public transportation

starherald.com: "“A lot of them can’t afford a car, or maybe they can’t drive anymore,” he said. “This is going to be a big asset to them.”"

Monday, November 20, 2017

Polar ice melting, action? Reduce #publictransit ridership

Chicago Tribune: "The rule of thumb in the transit industry is that a 10 percent hike can reduce ridership by about 3 percent, said Ian Savage, a Northwestern University economics professor who specializes in transit issues."

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Tulsa Public Schools high school students can ride city buses for free 7 days a week as program expands

tulsaworld.com: "Tulsa Public Schools high school students can ride Tulsa Transit buses free of charge seven days a week, starting Aug. 1.

TPS Rides, a year-old partnership between the school district and the Metropolitan Tulsa Transit Authority, is being expanded from weekdays to include weekends, TPS announced Tuesday."

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Counties provide what state won’t for transportation: leadership | NewsCut | Minnesota Public Radio News

Minnesota Public Radio News: "But county boards are faced with a choice: Provide the leadership on transportation issues that state leaders are unable or unwilling to provide, or wait for someone to somehow change the reality that Minnesota state government does not work.

There’s no sign that’s going to happen, especially with the growing influence of outstate legislators to call the shots for metro residents."

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Bloomington Transit offers free rides June 15

Indiana Daily Student: "Bloomington Transit will offer free rides on all fixed routes June 15 in honor of National Dump the Pump Day.

They will be joining other public transportation systems nationwide to participate in the 12th annual event, which is sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association.

The day encourages people to use public transportation instead of driving, to save money, support local transit systems and use less gas."

Friday, June 9, 2017

MN - Ramsey County likely to increase sales tax for public transportation

twincities.com : "The St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce submitted a letter supporting the additional quarter-cent sales tax for transit, noting that transit “has become essential for businesses to attract and retain employees.”"
Whatever is spent on buses will come back many times in the reduction of auto and sprawl externalities.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Use of #publictransit associated with lower obesity rates

EmaxHealth: "King has said this research has suggested that along with benefits to the environment and more access to transportation for residents, investments at a community-level into public transit systems may also serve to benefit public health by decreasing rates of obesity. The study found that for each increase of 1 percent in a county’s population who frequently ride on public transit, obesity rates decreased by 0.2 percent.
Jacobson has commented that there is an opportunity for more physical activity when public transit is used instead of driving a car. When you drive your own car the walking part of a trip is cut out. A walk to and from a bus station or train station offers the opportunity for extra physical activity.
This study has been published in the journal Preventive Medicine. Researchers at the University of Illinois
analyzed the impact of the use of public transit on obesity. The findings offer support for how effective encouragement of use of public transit can be used as a strategy to fight obesity. It's an interesting thought that deciding to use mass transit instead of your car may help you stay fit and trim."

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Minnesota - Students protest proposed transit cuts

MSR News Online: "At the end of 2016, more than 10,000 Metro Transit student passes were in use. Last Tuesday, May 2, several Minneapolis young people concerned about losing their primary means of transportation to school and other destinations publicly denounced the legislature’s proposed cuts to transit funding."

Saturday, May 6, 2017

#freetransit leads to better school attendance

newscenter1 : "RAPID CITY, S.D. -
The city of Rapid City is touting results from the Rapidride Youth Ridership program.

Officials say that it is indeed having an impact on school attendance numbers. The Youth Ridership program offers free rides to area youths 18 and younger. Since September 2016, the number of youth riders has increased by nearly 2,500."

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Public transportation advocates speak up in Minnesotaine

MSR News Online: "“Our main goal is to spread awareness,” Pachuta stated. We want to make sure people know about the state legislature proposing a 40 percent cut to transportation. We want people’s voices to be heard about what impact this will have on their lives. We really hope the governor and state legislature are paying attention.”"

Monday, April 17, 2017

Sprawl buyers remorse

Woodbury Bulletin : "The term "podunk" describes an insignificant and out of the way town or village. While it may be true that Woodbury was largely rural with a small population 50 years ago, what is wrong with that? And what is so great about Woodbury transforming into a giant suburban superpower full of impervious surfaces, cookie-cutter homes, big box stores, redundant fast food troughs and lights that cut out the stars at night? As someone who lives in the last remaining rural part of Woodbury's east side, I take pride in our agricultural and farming existence. We wake up early, get our hands dirty and don't take the beauty and gift of the earth around us for granted. My family has accepted and benefited from the inevitable adjacent development, but we certainly don't take pride in references to our land being a "blank slate ripe for rapid growth.""

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Colorado Springs UCCS free buses for one week

Mountain Metro | Colorado Springs: "COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.— All University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) students, faculty, and staff will be able to ride Mountain Metropolitan Transit fixed-route buses for free Monday, April 17 through Friday, April 21."

Employers suffering from car cultrue - Streator, IL

mywebtimes.com: ""Access to transportation for people with limited means is a problem in Streator. We have heard from employees who have trouble retaining their workforce, because they don't have reliable transportation," Wrighton told the council.

In fact, he said, one company has approached the city to express its willingness to help subsidize public transportation, so it can keep its good employees on board."

Thursday, April 6, 2017

MN - #Autosprawl trolls want racist cuts to #publictransit

MSR News : "If one didn’t know any better it would appear the legislators were motivated by some kind of bias against city dwellers or at least certain segments of city dwellers.

Presently, both the House and Senate transportation committees are proposing deep cuts. The Metropolitan Council has said that it needs 74 million over the two-year budgetary period to keep pace and operate on its current level.

Yet the Republican led legislature’s proposal fails to acknowledge the request and instead has decided to cut the existing Metro Transit budget by about 24 million over the next two years. This would leave the Met Council $122 million short of what it needs to operate over the period."

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Support your local #publictransit advocates in Indiana

Transportation Priorities at a Crossroads - Inside INdiana Business: "IndyGo's Marion County Transit Plan invests in a bigger fleet and longer hours (including weekend and later service), cutting travel times with wider coverage and new rapid transit lines. It triples the number of potential riders and doubles jobs within walking distance of high-frequency routes.

Indy's business community has made mass transit part of our economic agenda for nearly a decade; local employers want a system that reliably serves today's workers and appeals to new talent.

Access to employees is the common denominator that motivates growing businesses to invest and expand. The Millennial workforce is moving to major metropolitan areas, preferring walkable neighborhoods with convenient transit access - 20-30-year-olds use public transit twice as often as their older peers."

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Southern Indiana, hard for poor to get to work

Tri-State News : ""We're just glad to be able to do our part to assist those people because there are so many people in this area that are qualified to work and the jobs are available," said Pastor Rabon Turner of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church. "If the only issue you are having is not being able to work, that's why we are here.""

Saturday, December 31, 2016

#freetransit becoming popular as a way to reduce drunk driving

Need a sober ride home on New Year's Eve? Public transportation is free - StarTribune.com: "But revelers who hit it too hard don’t have to risk getting a ticket and the hefty fines that come with a DWI. On Thursday, representatives from the Minneapolis and St. Paul police departments, the Hennepin County and Ramsey County sheriff’s offices and the Minnesota State Patrol teamed up to encourage celebrants to use free public transportation for a safe ride home."