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

Friday, October 21, 2016

UCSD cancels free buses, gets choked by cars

Transporting UCSD to A Better Future | UCSD Guardian: "Long forgotten by many is the university’s once-cherished Bus Zone program, which provided bus passes to UCSD students and staff free of charge for 45 years. The university used the money from parking passes, citations and visitor tickets to finance annual bus passes for faculty and staff, prompting many university employees to use public transportation rather than commuting to campus by car. In November 2014, however, Chancellor Khosla allowed for the cancellation of the Bus Zone program in a bid to save money. By bringing back the Bus Zone program, many university workers would return to riding public transportation as they had before the program’s end. This would, in turn, decrease demand for “A” and “B” parking permits, which would allow the parking office to increase the number of “S” spots, or at the very least return those that have been painted over to their original designations."

Friday, August 19, 2016

San Diego heating up. Why not stop using cars?

GreenBiz: "Hotter temperatures will negatively affect San Diego’s heat-exposed industries — including construction, agriculture and transportation — threatening $32 billion and 220,000 workers in the local economy, according to two new reports on health (PDF) and water (PDF) by The San Diego Foundation, in partnership with Climate Education Partners."

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Ventura oil spill - one of the hidden costs of #autosprawl

LA Times: "The cause of the spill is under investigation by a team of state and federal agencies, according to Ventura County Fire Department Capt. Mike Lindbery. Investigators with the state Office of Spill Prevention also arrived to assess the site, an agency spokeswoman said.

Owned by Colorado-based Crimson Pipeline LLC, the 10-inch underground pipeline was installed in 1941 and is up to date on state and federal inspections, according to Kendall Klingler, a spokeswoman for the company."

Friday, May 20, 2016

Chris Campbell: LA needs reliable public transportation, not emphasis on rail lines | Daily Bruin

Daily Bruin: "Case in point: Santa Clarita Valley residents recently voiced concerns about the returns their community would receive under the current iteration of Measure R2. San Fernando Valley leaders have shared similar sentiments about the attention their communities would receive. Lower density suburban communities like these would benefit more from bicycle and pedestrian paths and improved bus infrastructure. These projects would be faster, easier and cheaper to implement than rail and would have a wider reach."

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."