Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The misery of the long-distance suburban pedestrian

Anything but the car: "This, people, is what public transit on a major thoroughfare looks like when it has zero public support, only one trip in the middle of the day. And this lady had to dodge a five-lane thoroughfare mid-block to get to where she was going, which, I suspect, was a hide-and-ride at the Giant Eagle lot up the street. (Hide-and-ride: Like a park & ride, only in a grocery or plaza with prominent no-park-and-ride signs where your car is just one of the masses. If it doesn't stand out, and you park in a different spot every day, you can get away with this for quite a while.)"

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Registration Now Open for the 2014 Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place Conference in Pittsburgh!

Project for Public Spaces: "If you’re anything like us, a conference entirely about complete streets, public health, and placemaking is the highlight of the year! And you’re in luck – We are happy to announce that early-bird registration is now open for the Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place Conference, the premier active transportation conference in the world. Join us in Pittsburgh, PA this September 8-11 along with over 1,000 participants from all over the world including planners, architects, public health professionals, realtors, educators, advocates, and more than a few zealous nuts just like you!"

Friday, January 10, 2014

"...our bus system is a joke."

Citizens here need better public transit - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: "Whether it’s completely unannounced changes to the already unreliable schedule, phantom buses that never come or, my latest favorite, the bus that comes between the old and the new scheduled times, our bus system is a joke.

Local officials should be embarrassed by how poorly our transportation system runs and should be working earnestly to improve it. Road construction is constant in the city; why aren’t similar improvements to public transportation ever a top priority?"

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Pennsylvania: State Dirty Energy Money Analysis

Pennsylvania: State Dirty Energy Money Analysis - Oil Change International: "Senate Bill 259 was a massive legislative win for the fracking industry. The bill, introduced by Senator Gene Yaw (R) (who has received $41,650 in money from the oil and gas industry since 2006) passed unanimously in the Senate and by a vote of 167-33 in the House. The bill guts decades-old law that helped protect landowners from predatory oil and gas lease practices.

Analysis of the vote shows how successful the oil and gas industry’s investments in the Pennsylvania legislature have been. Senators and Representatives voting in favor of this bill have accepted a total of $4,137,533 in dirty energy money contributions since 2006. On average, each member of the Assembly and Senate that voted in favor of fossil interests received 5x more than those who voted against."

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Monday, October 28, 2013

Pittsburgh for Public Transit begins to gather ideas from riders, drivers

TribLIVE: "Meetings slated for the first three Saturdays in November will cover subjects such as the economic impact of public transportation, environmental and health concerns and how public transit affects social and political equity.

Transit advocates also plan to:

• Help inform the public about the benefits of public transit.

• Mobilize people to advocate for the restoration and improvement of service.

• Demand corporations “pay their fair share” for public transportation infrastructure."

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Casey: Congress should consider raising gas tax

Philly.com: "Congress should consider increasing the federal tax on gasoline to provide more money for roads, bridges, and public transit, U.S. Sen. Robert Casey (D., Pa.) said Monday."