Make urban buses fare-free. Only then will urban planning make any sense.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

San Diego Needs Transit More Than Ever — and SANDAG's Plan Doesn't Have Enough

Voice of San Diego: "Some may argue that the best way to alleviate traffic and congestion is to build more highways. But even the state’s own transportation agency admits that building more roads only increases traffic since it causes more people to drive, plus drive longer distances. This harms economic growth and business attraction. A clear example is the stifling of high-tech campus growth in Sorrento Valley that SANDAG’s sales tax extension a decade ago failed to address."

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Chris Campbell: LA Metro should focus on millennials in expanding public transit

Daily Bruin : "So Metro has a vast potential market, but only if the system can ensure a fast, reliable trip. In the 2013 American Public Transportation Association “Millennials and Mobility” study, young adults consistently chose public transit as the more affordable and preferred option, but driving as faster and more convenient. Millennials who drive don’t necessarily want to drive, but see it as the only pragmatic option in their situations."

Saturday, March 19, 2016

The war on cars -- cars are still winning, people are dying

Investing in Place and LACBC: "People walking and biking represent 19 percent of all trips in Los Angeles County, yet make up 39 percent of those killed in traffic collisions. In low-income communities of color, people walk and bike at higher rates and are at even greater risk of being hit and killed due to lack of investment in safe streets."

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Activists call for #freetransit for Community College students

The Corsair: "This is a meeting of the Community College Association for Student Advocacy (CCASA), a brand new voice in the LA County student government scene only recently incorporated on February 1. Their “master plan?” To make public transportation on LA Metro buses free for college students across the county.
“We’ve been [petitioning] for about four days, and we have somewhere around 300 to 350 signatures,” said Filipp Krasovsky, founding member of CCASA and Santa Monica College student, to the gathered crowd at the second ever meeting for the group. Krasovsky was updating two dozen CCASA members about the beginning of their efforts to support Move LA, the public transit political organization currently preparing bills for local and state legislatures to make fares for students using the LA Metro system either free or subsidized to the point of negligible cost."

Activists take another hill in the #war_on_cars

Shuttle Service Will Expand Throughout Griffith Park: LAist: "Per the plan, the city will vastly expand shuttle service within the park, will begin charging for parking close to the observatory, and will (crucially!) keep Mt. Hollywood Drive free from both cars and shuttles."

(Photo by Michael Locke via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Ban Cars - @awalkerinLA

Ban Cars: "If you don’t think that one car will make a difference, consider this. Right now, about three percent of all trips globally are taken by bike. A big study by UC Davis and the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy says that reducing car use enough to double that figure to six percent by 2050 could make a game-changing impact. Cities would save $24 trillion and the planet would reduce CO2 emissions by nearly 11 percent. That’s enough to prevent the increase in transportation-related emissions that the UN predicts. And the world would be happier and healthier for it."

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Public transit a good investment - letter to editor of Ventura Star

Public transit: "Re: George Runner’s guest column Feb. 21, “Time to rethink spending on public transportation”:

The column was rather disappointing. As a student in Sacramento, I took public transportation the entire length of my study and loved it. When I moved to Oahu for graduate school, I continued to enjoy public transit. When I lived in Los Angeles, I took the bus to my place of employment.

Runner’s idea that riders face “long delays and wait times” appears to be an argument in favor of greater funding for public transportation. Barbed remarks that riding the bus is “unclean and unsafe” are nothing more than thinly veiled fear-mongering.

Suggesting that Uber is an “affordable” alternative is an insult to my disabled mother and aunt, who rely on the accessibility of the bus system with its convenient wheelchair lifts. A company like Uber is also not a suitable choice for anyone who values properly vetted drivers. Gold Coast Transit employees are drug-tested and undergo vigorous background checks, which feels particularly important in light of the recent Kalamazoo killings by an Uber driver.

Public transportation is a vital part of any thriving community. Advocating for larger highways can be considered detrimental to our county, known for its open space and access to nature. Creating opportunities for clean-energy transit would be a much wiser investment of our transportation dollars.

Elisabeth Lamar,

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