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

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The oceans are acidifying at the fastest rate in 300 million years. How bad could it get?

Vox: ""The current rate of ocean acidification appears unprecedented at least over the last 300 million years," noted a report this week from the World Meteorological Organization."



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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Global shift to mass transit could save more than $100 trillion and 1,700 megatons of CO2

UC Davis News & Information: "Currently the world leader in urban passenger transportation CO2 emissions, the U.S. is projected to lower these emissions from 670 megatons annually to 560 megatons by 2050 because of slowing travel growth combined with sharp improvements in fuel efficiencies. But a high shift to more sustainable transportation options, along with fewer and shorter car trips related to communication technologies substituting for transportation, could further drop those emissions to about 280 megatons.  "

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Seniors have poor access to public transportation, report finds

Press Enterprise: "Most Inland-area seniors have poor access to public transportation, and it’s not going to get any better soon, according to a recently released report from Rep. Mark Takano’s office.
The report from Takano, D-Riverside, also found that working families in Riverside and Moreno Valley spend almost 60 percent of their incomes on transportation and housing."

Friday, August 22, 2014

Western drought causes Earth's surface to rise as water levels drop

LA Times: "The loss of groundwater, as well as surface water such as reservoirs, has been so extreme that it lifted the West an average of one-sixth of an inch since 2013, according to researchers from UC San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the U.S. Geological Survey."

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

On Top Of Withering Drought, California Smashes Heat Records

ThinkProgress: "Caught in a withering drought, California is also shattering a 120-year-old record for heat.
For the first half of 2014, the state has been an average of 4.6 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than normal, and 1 degree warmer than the previous record set in 1934, according to the National Climatic Data Center."

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

History of "urban planning" in San Diego

How Governmental Agencies Destroy Public Trust: A History of San Diego Regional Transportation Plans | BikeSD: "Reading the list of projects in the 1976 document is like reading a list of broken promises. For the biking element, the 1976 RTP called for the creation of three hundred and five (305) regional “bicycle route improvements”. It goes on to state that “these improvements are primarily bike paths and lanes separated from automobile traffic.”  "
The solution to "failed" planning is not more planning. Make buses fare-free. People will vote with their seat.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

76% of Americans are open to using #publictransit over driving

dailynews - letters : "While not all of us are ready to ditch our cars immediately, many are becoming more interested in the convenience and cost-effectiveness of available public transportation options. A 2013 America THINKS survey from HNTB Corp. revealed that 76 percent of Americans are open to taking public transportation over driving — up 7 percent from when HNTB last asked that question in 2010."