Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Transit activists propose hike in state gas tax to fund public transit - WGN Radio

Transit activists propose hike in state gas tax to fund public transit - WGN Radio: "“A lot of us who ride transit are really more and more fed up with higher fares and worse service,’’ Ron Burke, executive director of the Active Transportation Alliance, said at a news conference held at State and Van Buren streets downtown. “Unfortunately, transit has been derailed by chronic underfunding.’’"

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Study: Only 28 Percent of Neighborhoods Affordable | Transportation Nation

Study: Only 28 Percent of Neighborhoods Affordable | Transportation Nation: "In the typical definition of housing affordability, your rent or mortgage would be a third, or less, of your income. And by that standard, some 76 percent of neighborhoods are affordable. But when you add in transportation costs, the results are jarring: fewer than a third of American neighborhoods — just 28 percent — are affordable."

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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Pastor goes on low-car diet for Lent

Simply Pastor Matt: "Last year during Lent, I chose to fast from non-emergency solo driving. I live close to work and a grocery store/pharmacy and it’s sheer sloth that prompts me to drive this ridiculously short distance. I set these ground rules for myself during Lent 2011:"

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Indiana Business wants, needs, public #transit

Indiana Citizens Alliance for Transit « Advocates for comprehensive transit options in communities across Indiana Indiana Citizens Alliance for Transit:

  • Our alliance represents a wide spectrum of business and community interests, but we all agree that transit options are vital to the future of our community.
  • As business and community leaders, we understand the need to invest tax dollars wisely, and we firmly believe that improving our mass transit infrastructure would be a smart and much needed investment in the prosperity of our community.
  • The development of mass transit options in a community positively impacts energy consumption, the environment and public health (through decreased traffic crashes and vehicle pollution as well as increased physical activity).
  • Mass transit makes economic sense. It is a wise investment in our community’s prosperity – creating jobs and spurring growth and opportunity.
  • Every day, mass transit gives members of our community an affordable, convenient and safe transportation choice.
  • Mass transit gives many individuals who would otherwise be unable to travel around our city the access they need to be independent and self-sufficient.
  • Mass transit will provide this community with renewed freedom and mobility.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Even Republicans can't take the hypocrisy

Congressmen say mass transit will take hit under GOP bill — Northbrook news, photos and events — "Illinois congressmen warned today that a major transportation bill being debated in Washington could cut into long-term funding for transportation projects in the Chicago area, particularly mass transit."

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Monday, February 6, 2012

Looking for a place to live? Better consider public #transit

Sustainable Development Makes Housing Affordable - Environment - GOOD: "Transportation costs don’t only bust the budgets of low-income households. As the price of gas rises, working- and middle-class families can find themselves in what the New America Foundation calls “the energy trap” — stuck with the high costs of car ownership and fuel. It’s a particular problem for families that have moved out to the exurbs in search of more affordable housing without considering how much more they’ll have to pay to reach their jobs or their grocery store.

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