Monday, September 19, 2016

Join the war on cars

If you agree that the private auto, whether electric or not, is a threat to the climate, the economy, and human life, you should join us.

Making urban buses fare-free is the most direct path to breaking the critical mass of the auto. It is because of no alternatives to the car that people support its constant subsidy in millions of dollars for roads and other infrastructure.

We need soldiers familiar with SW Pennsylvania. Take charge of the blog and promote fare-free urban public transit. Remain anonymous. No pay, no boss, no commitment. Social media skills helpful, but not crucial. Contact fpteditors at gmail.

About the campaign for free public transit/transport.

This blog is one of a network of 40 blogs in US with a combined readership of about 1000/day. We are connected loosely with activists in 16 countries in an international campaign that has seen thousands in the streets in Brazil to a campaign in Poland that converted many small towns. We collect ideas, facts, and opinion and fight the lies of the pro-car forces.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Washington County Freedom Transit sees 3 percent increase in ridership during past year

Observer-Reporter : "Ridership has increased 3 percent overall from the year before the merger. “We attribute that to marketing and rebranding,” Gombita said. “Increases in ridership also result in increases in funding. We would like it to be more along the lines of 5 to 7 percent.”"

Friday, August 26, 2016

People in Southwest Pa keep saying they want #publictransit. Anyone listening? "Carly Dobbins-Bucklad, a senior policy analyst with the Allegheny Conference, said Friday morning that residents in 10 counties in southwestern Pennsylvania have all answered resoundingly that they’d like to see better access and more options for public transit."

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

#Publictransit in Southwest PA doesn't meet basic needs

New Pittsburgh Courier: "The transportation survey addressed 17 areas, including the desire for multiple mobility options, reliability and ease of use, reducing congestion, improving the environment, connecting the counties and access to Pittsburgh.
However, the number of respondents who pointed to the need for better access to transportation and affordability as well as the need for improved transportation to work, school, healthcare facilities and grocery stores was less expected."

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Survey shows public transit is biggest regional transportation concern

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: "The Regional Transportation Alliance asked 800 groups what transportation changes would make the biggest difference for their clients or members.

The agency got about 340 responses and the top suggestion in each county was to improve public transit, which was mentioned by 46 percent of all respondents and had the highest percentage in each county."

Friday, May 20, 2016

Banks love capitial-intensive projects, after bonds paid off, what do you have?

The Impact of Aging Infrastructure | Mass Transit: "The Port Authority of Allegheny County has 79 bridges, 29 of which are for rail and seven are more than 100 years old. There are also 2 inclines that are more than 130 years old. Its CEO, Ellen McLean, said it’s hard to balance between the high cost of capital repair and expansion. While they can sustain the levels of service they have, they can’t afford to improve or expand."

Monday, March 28, 2016

Pittsburgh looking to expand public transit network

New Pittsburgh Courier: "The coalition, launched in September, includes public and private partners from 10 counties with a goal of connecting people and ideas with one another through transportation. The coalition reached out to 700 organizations, including school districts, labor unions, private employers and diversity advocacy organizations, to collect feedback on what needed to be done to improve transportation."

Sunday, March 6, 2016

The car century was a mistake

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: "Removing vehicles from our streets would make urban life cheaper, safer, quieter and more pleasant. Repurposed parking spaces and, in some cases, travel lanes would provide ample land for walking and cycling, plus any essential street-running public services, such as light rail, trash collection and emergency services. The surplus land can be devoted to public purposes — imagine Manhattan with sidewalks 15 feet wider and room for sidewalk cafes."

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Public Transportation for Livability for all Generations

AARP : "My commute in Pittsburgh is simple: I leave at 7:30 a.m., walk two blocks, wait a couple of minutes, then hop on and ride down the hill. I pull the stop-request cord, thank the driver and stroll around the corner to my office. I'm there by 7:45.

As far as I'm concerned, I've hit the jackpot. No rush-hour headaches, plus I save on gas and parking, and have the luxury to people-watch or zone out for a while. It's easier on the environment, too.

But public transit is not this simple for everyone, especially for older generations who may really need alternatives to driving."