Wednesday, November 30, 2016

November Transit Savings Report

APTA : "Washington, D.C. – The national average gas price fell slightly as Americans prepare to give thanks with family and friends.  Even with the dip in gas prices, there is still a great opportunity to save using public transportation instead of driving this holiday season.  This year you can let public transportation relieve you from the stress of driving as you make preparations for Thanksgiving and your retail vists for Black Friday sales.  

The annual savings is $9,641 for a person who switches his or her daily commute by car to taking public transportation, according to the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) November Transit Savings Report.  Individuals who ride public transportation instead of driving can save, on average, more than $803 per month. "

Monday, November 28, 2016

4 Ways Trump’s Transportation Plan Is Ripe for Corruption

Streetsblog USA: "In the transportation realm, Trump’s plan would mean building lots of privately-financed toll roads, an arrangement rife with examples of costly blunders, bankruptcies, and conflicts of interest. Letting the Trump White House oversee a huge program of privatized toll road construction would open the door to corruption on a massive scale."

Friday, August 5, 2016

Pro-car advocates twisting themselves into pretzels trying to save the auto system

Center for American Progress: "For starters, fewer vehicles do not necessarily mean less congestion. One overlooked downside of AVs is the additional miles of travel required to reposition vehicles to areas that generate a high number of trips or to drive empty to the next booking. Unfortunately, the numbers increase quickly. In the case of Lisbon, total vehicle miles of travel, or VMT, nearly doubled when researchers removed public transportation and assumed most AV trips would be taken by single riders."

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."