Monday, July 14, 2014

Free parking is the biggest car subsidy

Paying commuters to get on their bike is not enough: "Despite growing interest in making bike commuting more popular, bicycle-related benefits are typically dwarfed by the benefits offered for travelling by other modes of transport, especially the car. For example, in the US free car parking is the most common commuter benefit offered – only about 5% of US commuters pay for car parking. The value of those free parking spaces at work is typically well above the US$20 a month awarded to cycle commuters."

Friday, April 11, 2014

Cars drain the economy even while sitting doing nothing

A municipal parking garage for 14th and U? It would not come cheap - Greater Greater Washington: "But those advocating for the garage assert that it would pay for itself. Based on a quick analysis based on numbers from parking experts, it seems likely that such a garage would have to charge $3.50-4.50 per hour just to break even."

Thursday, January 30, 2014

State of our climate: Obama can't have it both ways

Oil Change : "The simple truth is that promoting All of the Above energy policy (nee “Drill, Baby, Drill”) is the latest form of climate denial. You simply cannot  believe the science of climate change and promote expanded fossil fuel extraction at the same time."



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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Mayoral candidate calls for #freetransit for seniors in DC

Bid for DC Mayor | The Nation: "Shallal’s vision also includes free public transportation for seniors, marijuana decriminalization, and a living wage standard. He proposed easing the property tax burden for elderly residents to help them keep their homes. He’d like the city to make more micro-grants available to small businesses to spur development. He’s said the city should encourage small-scale, local projects—community centers, arts collaboratives, start-up incubators—rather than big ticket items like sports stadiums."



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Sunday, January 5, 2014

One third of Baltimore households have no car

Sunrise Shuttle Takes Early Morning Riders to Work - Government - Eldersburg, MD Patch: " In a city with an unemployment rate above 10 percent and a third of households without a car, transportation stands as one of the biggest barriers between Baltimore’s job seekers and a growing concentration of jobs in the suburbs that require low or modest skills."

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Study: Baltimore Residents Using More Public Transportation

CBS Baltimore: "“I think it’s because we’ve seen the 60 year driving boom after World War II coming to a halt and actually reversing,” said Joanna Guy."

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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Hong Kong MTR costs: Great transit at low cost.

Hong Kong MTR costs: Great transit at low cost.: "MTR does things other than Hong Kong transportation operations (on which more later), but their Hong Kong transportation division spent 7.82 billion Hong Kong dollars in 2012 (see this). By contrast, the Washington Metrpolitan Area Transit Authority had $2.13 billion in 2012 operating expenses (Page 15). At the current exchange rate of 7.75 Hong Kong dollars per U.S. dollar, that means MTR is spending less than one-half of what WMATA spends. "

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