Sunday, August 28, 2011

Altavista residents get more free bus rides courtesy of anonymous donor | The Republic

Altavista residents get more free bus rides courtesy of anonymous donor | The Republic: "ALTAVISTA, Va. — Residents in Altavista are getting a free ride.

An anonymous donation to the Altavista Community Transit System will provide free rides for residents through September.

Assistant Town Manager Dan Witt tells the News and Advance ( ) that an earlier donation from the same person allowed residents to ride the bus for free all summer. Witt says he doesn't know who the donor is, but they are a resident of the town.

Rides normally cost 50 cents."

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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Many urban dwellers still lack option to live without a car - Greater Greater Washington

Many urban dwellers still lack option to live without a car - Greater Greater Washington: The Washington region has gotten a "solid return" on its transit investment, but many carless households still lack good access to transit and many more, even in urban areas, don't have a realistic option to live car-free if they wanted to, according to a Brookings Institution report.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Oiligarchy using fake fiscal "crisis" to force people back to cars

Nearly 80 Percent of Public Transit Systems Forced to Implement Fare Increases or Service Cuts Due to Flat or Decreased Local and State Funding: "Washington, DC- Public transit systems are faced with implementing new service cuts and fare increases on top of cuts and increases enacted during the past budget cycle, according to a new study released by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). Nearly eighty percent of public transit systems have already implemented fare increases or service cuts in 2010 or are considering them for the future because of flat or decreased local and/or regional funding."

Monday, August 15, 2011

“For some, Baltimore life is sweeter with no car” – with quotes from yours truly « sidewalkperspective

“For some, Baltimore life is sweeter with no car” – with quotes from yours truly « sidewalkperspective: "while I am concerned about the environment and wanted (at least on some level) to “make a statement” about our car-centric culture, the decision to sell my car was mostly an economic one. I simply could not afford it at the time, whatever my other, higher-minded reasons were.

Today, I probably could afford a car, but why bother? The only thing I wish I could do that I currently can’t do is go to my Mom’s house whenever I want and stay as long as I want. Fortunately, I have a wonderful and understanding mother who doesn’t mind driving a mile to pick me up from the bus stop. (Sometimes I bike that extra mile. And sometimes, she comes to me and spends money in the city. Being car-less means it’s harder to do anything – among them, spending money – outside the range of public transit. And maybe that’s not such a bad thing.)

Really, think about it: What are the things that you currently do that you have to drive to? And are those things all that important? For me, they really weren’t. And I think a lot of people, were they to ask themselves that question, would reach the same conclusion."

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Auto-system is economically unsustainable

Transportation: The high cost of underinvestment - "How is this possible? The calculation is based on all the expenses incurred by poor roads, bridges and transit systems. For instance, each year these deficiencies mean an extra $97 billion in vehicle operating costs, $32 billion in travel delays, $1.2 billion in safety costs and $590 million in environmental costs.

As the transportation system worsens, the costs increase markedly. Without greater investment, the average household stands to lose about $7,000 in household income each year within a decade, according to the report."

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Invest in sustainability and justice - #publictransit

MassTransit » Blog » The Value of Sustainability: "APTA President William Millar said, “We need to keep pushing that investment in transit is just that, investment, it’s not spending.” With Washington being “a bigger zoo than usual,” it’s only going to get worse as everyone will be trying to push their programs and agendas through with all of the cuts, he said.

King County Metro General Manager Kevin Desmond, also the APTA chair for the Sustainability Committee, said the workshop is about how the value of sustainability is being measured and delivered. “It’s not enough to just believe in it, there needs to be some substance behind that.”

Romel Pascual, deputy Mayor for the Environment, city of Los Angeles, said sustainability is a world issue, but much of the action is at the local level. He stressed, “Transportation is always at the cutting edge of sustainability environmental justice.”"