Friday, July 1, 2016

Streetcars in DC destroyed by law, not by competition

TheHill: "Perhaps we should look to the past for a way forward. Until the 1940s, Washington had the best streetcar system in the nation, owned and operated by the North American Company, a public utility holding company. The anti-speculative Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935 required North American to sell off the streetcar in 1946 after losing a Supreme Court decision, and then the D.C. Department of Highways, the national highway lobby, the auto industry and their congressional allies required new owners to replace streetcars with buses starting in 1956. Washington's mass transit ridership went into a downward spiral for the next 20 years until the advent of Metro's first rail-operating segment."

Monday, June 20, 2016

Public transportation is important, say Virginians

Greater Greater Washington: "Fewer people in Virginia are driving to work alone, Virginians want more bus, train, and bike options throughout the state, and there's a link between the number of transit options a person has and their quality of life. These takeaways, and more, come from a recently-released survey of Virginia's residents."

Friday, April 8, 2016

Seniors don't like driving, and we should not want them driving -- give them #freetransit

AARP : "But I hate to drive. Timid behind the wheel, I would happily say sayonara to rush-hour traffic, parallel parking and my monthly auto insurance bill. I much prefer my car-free commute to work anyway, 15 minutes door to door, and I love my walkable neighborhood, where I'm steps from a grocery and pharmacy."

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Why is the U.S. unwilling to pay for good public transportation?

theconversation : "The week that the D.C. metro was closed, I was in Zurich, Switzerland. The contrast could not have been starker. There, a ticket is good for rail, bus and tram. It is clean and efficient, a widely shared experience and a deep source of pride. Most people in the country use public transport in the cities to get around. It is a vital part of urban public life.

In international comparisons, the U.S. is falling further behind. To fly from either Seoul or Shanghai into Los Angeles airport is to make the journey from a First World to a Third World airport. To fly into New York’s JFK from Zurich or most European capitals is to fly from the future into the past."

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Public transportation can save you over $9,000 per year

February Transit Savings Report: "The annual savings is $9,052 for a person who switches their daily commute by car to taking public transportation, according to the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) February Transit Savings Report. Individuals who ride public transportation instead of driving can save, on average, more than $754 per month. "

Friday, March 4, 2016

Cars spend 95% of their time parked

The Washington Post: "Parking is a major component of our driving experience. A large amount of our driving time is spent looking for a free spot, and our cars are parked on average for a staggering 95 percent of their lifespans. Parking infrastructure is so pervasive that for every car in the United States, there are approximately three non-residential spots — amounting to 5,000 square miles, an area larger than Puerto Rico."

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Beer company pays for #freetransit, claims it “keep our streets safe and prevent drunk driving on major holidays and throughout the year”

economist: " MillerCoors, a brewer, is paying for rides on the city’s Metro trains and buses, covering all fares between midnight and 3am on Thursday night. It is part of the company’s Miller Lite Free Rides programme, which will extend to transit systems in nine American metropolitan areas on New Year’s Eve, and has previously paid for nearly 5m holiday and special-event rides over 28 years. Travellers on the “L” in Chicago, DART in Dallas and the Metro Transit in the Minnesota Twin Cities will also be among those receiving free rides on Thursday."