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."

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Indianapolis victory for mass transit

indystar : "Proponents of a public transit ballot referendum to increase bus service in Indianapolis declared victory Tuesday night, hailing the income tax hike approved by voters as a long-term solution for the city's transportation woes and a benefit to workers and employers, alike.

"Today our city has taken a monumental step toward improving talent retention, enhancing economic development and growing our tax base," said Mark Fisher, vice president of government relations and policy development of the Indy Chamber."

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

#letusbreathe activist: Make #publictransit #farefree for Chicago Public School students

Chicago Reader: "Still, Ware argues that this issue could be avoided if the CTA just gave free fare to CPS students. The cost of transit can be significant for these students, Ware says. Even the reduced CPS fare can total a few hundred dollars a school year, and it's not uncommon for students to ask him to tap his Ventra card to get them into the system, he says."

Friday, October 21, 2016

Poor and sick suffer most in US #autosprawl meltdown

Delays in Payments From the State of Illinois Cause Transit Shutdowns: "Illinois Public Transportation Association Executive Director Laura Calderon said, “The public transportation systems across the state provide critical services to some of the state’s most vulnerable populations. Downstate particularly, the bulk of the riders are elderly, persons with disabilities and the low income population, who are relying on public transportation to get them to work, medical appointments and other critical services. The impact service reductions and shutdowns will have on the economy in Illinois is significant. A large part of the state’s workforce relies on transit to get to and from their jobs. Illinois cannot afford for transit systems to be shut down.”"

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

More pain for the poor and sick as #autosprawl dream crumbles

State funding backlog hits public transportation systems: ""Public transportation is the biggest component to keeping our community well-rounded and mobile, and if steps are not taken, it could be detrimental to folks that rely on it, and that is a very scary thing," she said.

Whether they use the service to take them to dialysis treatment three times a week or commute to work or school, cutting services or shutting down would have an immensely adverse impact to passengers, she said."

Saturday, October 15, 2016

StarTran offering free bus rides through November

dailynebraskan.com: "Because the bus services are already free for UNL students with bus passes, the free rides don’t affect students as much as non-students. Prauner said he hopes the free rides can help encourage more non-students to ride buses.

Students who were aware of the free bus rides noticed an increase in passengers."

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Sprawled-out America finding transportation to be a problem

omaha.com: "“There is general support for public transportation,” she said. “People want it to be accessible, they want it to meet the needs of employers, they want connectivity to major activity areas, they want it affordable and they want it convenient.”

Donahue made her observations while presenting a progress report on a $125,000 study that is being financed by the Nebraska Department of Roads, Sarpy County and all five of the county’s cities.

The study is being conducted by Olsson Associates in partnership with the Metropolitan Area Planning Agency."

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Freeport Mayor's View: Pretzel City Area Transit expanding its reach

Freeport Mayor's View: Pretzel City Area Transit expanding its reach: "Recently, Pretzel City has taken on a new dimension – providing transportation to and from work on a contract basis. For three months now, United Way has had a service contract with the city and senior center to provide transportation to and from Berner Food & Beverage through a partnership known as the E.A.R.N Initiative, or Employment Access Ridership Network. This partnership rose out of Berner’s need for a reliable transportation alternative for employees in order to help reduce absenteeism and lost productivity at the Alfokey plant. This issue was of special importance given Berner’s $70 million expansion, which would add up to another 200 workers. We tend to think that everyone has an automobile in Freeport, but the truth is otherwise. A growing number of residents either walk, bicycle or use public transportation to get where needed. E.A.R.N. provides a reliable means to get to work and back."

Monday, September 19, 2016

The importance of public transportation

Indiana Daily Student: "Even so, buses signify a move toward reducing the effects of individual vehicles zooming around and creating traffic jams. For both environmental and cultural considerations, the U.S. as a whole needs to shift towards improving its public transportation infrastructure.

Sprawling public transportation systems are not always practical for small, dispersed cities, but even some larger metropolises have minimal infrastructure.

Indianapolis is one of a few major cities that lack a central system of public transport.

It might not hurt to put a bug in your representative’s ear, so to speak, about investing in public transit."

Saturday, September 17, 2016

No "silver bullet" to fix #publictransit? Only if you continue subsidizing autos

KSMU Radio: "The Task Force created two goal categories, Legislative Priorities and Transportation Champion, noting there’s no “silver bullet” to fix all the transportation problems in the region."

Friday, September 2, 2016

Like Wisconsin, oil trolls have conquered Minnesota

Is this any way to build a transportation system? | NewsCut | Minnesota Public Radio News: "The Legislature, still dominated in the House by non-metro lawmakers, hates light rail, so it stymied attempts to fund Southwest light rail. Negotiations between Republicans and the governor collapsed, requiring the end-around in which counties fund the projects."

Friday, August 26, 2016

CTA president wants more money for all public transportation

qconline.com: "Mr. Carter said parts of Chicago's transit system date back to the 1800s when Grover Cleveland was president. It's the nation's second largest system, providing more than a half billion rides annually in Chicago and 35 suburbs."

Friday, August 19, 2016

"only so many dollars for transportation" - true, so why waste so much on cars?

CJOnline.com: "“There are only so many dollars that can be spent on transportation within this region between now and 2040 and we need to make sure that we’re selecting the right projects so that we can meet the needs of the region,” he said."
This is what is wrong with the framing of transportation funding. Cars are assumed to be paid for. Public transit is an "expense." Actually the opposite is true. Cars are bleeding government budgets dry with all their costs. Public transit actually reduces car miles and thus car costs -- it actually pays for itself.