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.
Friday, June 29, 2018
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
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
How many arrests for jumping turnstiles would the police be able to make if public transportation was free? Seems like an easy way to save the environment and provide a solution to cities like New York and their #NYPD who might still be unsure what to do. https://t.co/C68YQov84U— CNP Evanston (@CnpProtect318) February 20, 2018
Saturday, February 10, 2018
Rahm Emanuel's Commitment to Lowering Emissions Falls Short of Addressing Pollution Hotspots Across the City of Chicago.
Friday, January 12, 2018
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Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Tulsa Public Schools high school students can ride city buses for free 7 days a week as program expands
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
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
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
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
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
Saturday, May 6, 2017
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
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Thursday, April 13, 2017
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
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
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
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"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."
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Tuesday, October 18, 2016
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
Students who were aware of the free bus rides noticed an increase in passengers."