Friday, May 25, 2012

Seventy Percent of Americans want fossil-fuel subsidy to stop

Everything you need to know about fossil fuel subsidies in one image. | "Watching that bottom number tick up with every passing second is pretty outrageous, but there’s good news: we now have an opening to end these taxpayer handouts to corporate polluters. A new poll revealed that 70% of Americans — including majorities of Democrats, Independents, and Republicans — support ending fossil fuel subsidies."

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Monday, May 21, 2012

Public transportation is habit-forming — and that’s a problem! - The Washington Post

Getting their daily fix of transit. (Astrid Riecken for The Washington Post)
Public transportation is habit-forming — and that’s a problem! - The Washington Post: "But what happens when gas prices start sinking back down — something that’s happening right now? Evidence suggests that many of those riders will keep taking transit anyway. One 2011 study of New York City, for instance, found that transit ridership “seems to respond to rises in gasoline prices, but not to falls.” A 2009 study in Philadelphia found a similar phenomenon. “This sustained growth,” the authors of the latter study note, “could be evidence that once prices compel people to form new transit habits, some find a reason to keep them.”"

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Gas & Oil Party will kill the economy to force you back in your car

Hostage-taking on the Silver Line - The Washington Post: "If you want a perfect example of why government has become dysfunctional, look no further than the Board of Supervisors of Loudoun County, Va."

A majority of the newly elected, all-Republican board has threatened to derail the extension of Metrorail out to Dulles Airport and beyond because of a requirement that the general contractor for the project negotiate a “project labor agreement” with local construction unions.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Free bus overwhelming success in Baltimore

The Charm City Circulator and the Case for Baltimore’s Own Transit Authority « Bmore Urban: "The Charm City Circulator‘s ridership numbers have been increasing steadily for over a year. This should come as no surprise to those who live or work near its routes. What may come as a surprise is that Baltimore City is actually responsible for a successful transit program. As of March 2012, the Circulator transported about 350,000 per month. This may not seem like a huge number of riders but consider that in March of 2011, the Circulator transported only 188,000 riders per month. Transit use is increasing rapidly across the U.S., but very few municipalities can boast an 83% ridership increase over the course of one year*."

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

10,000 retire every day - let's keep them off the roads

Active Living for All Ages: Creating Neighborhoods Around Transit - AARP: "Arlington, Virginia—a walkable, mixed-use community with access to a variety of public transit options, entertainment and recreation, and basic services such as shopping and medical services. "

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