Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Don't believe the road-pricing hype

They keep trying to link collecting tolls on roads to public transit funding. This is totally bogus. Do not fall for it. Tolls are for rationing, not revenue. This is a divide-and-conquer scam.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Millions of Americans are saving money by taking Public Transportation | News | Breaking Travel News

Millions of Americans are saving money by taking Public Transportation | News | Breaking Travel News: "Transportation ridership is increasing around the country, from Chicago, IL, where the Chicago Transit Authority added more than 300,000 riders in the first quarter of the year – enough to fill Wrigley Field more than six times over – to Olympia, WA, where Intercity Transit has witnessed record level fixed-route ridership in 3 of the first 5 months of the year. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (Boston, MA) saw the highest monthly ridership in April since September 2008 and the Nashville MTA (Nashville, TN) saw a 29% increase in train and bus routes in April. Examples of double digit increases in ridership in May are also evident in places like Triangle Transit (Research Triangle Park, NC) which had a 31.7% increase in ridership; Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (Tampa, FL) with a 16% increase; City Utilities of Springfield (Springfield, MO) with a 13% increase; and Muncie Indiana Transit Systems (Muncie, IN) saw a 11.1% ridership increase."

Thursday, June 23, 2011

How St. Louis transit advocates won more funding

Interviewer: "You ride the bus every day. What do you do?"
Rider: "I'm a nurse."
Interviewer: "What would happen if I got hurt and went to the hospital, and you couldn't get to work?"
Rider: "You'd die."
Read whole article: IndyStar

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Even in the US, where transit is terrible, #carfree is better

No Car, No Problem: Life in the Slow Lane: "In college, I decided to save money by not purchasing a car and found that I also escaped worries of shoveling the snow from around its tires, finding parking, and arguing with mechanics. Now, when parents or friends offer me their used vehicles, I turn them down, preferring to avoid the hassle of ownership."

Thursday, June 16, 2011

We need action for transit funding

Allegheny County Transit Council: "We all know the Port Authority doesn’t have the funding needed for adequate service. We’ve been complaining about that for months – for years.
Finally, something has happened in Harrisburg which may be a step to solving the problem of adequate funding statewide, for bridges and roads as well as public transportation. Now we can DO something." read more at

Cars are killing us

A transportation system based on the private car has so powerfully transformed the American environment that a new human species is emerging, say the authors of a new book. Homo Automotivis is less social, more aggressive, weaker, poorer and worships at the Church of Automobility, say Bianca Mugyenyi and Yves Engler, the authors of Stop Signs — Cars and Capitalism on the Road to Economic, Social and Ecological Decay.