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

Saturday, January 27, 2018

#autosprawl meltdown as SANDAG faces shortfall

The San Diego Union-Tribune: "Asked why the cost of building new highways and roads was spiking, Caltrans District 11 acting Director Cory Bims blamed the fluctuating cost of raw materials.

“It can be very volatile,” he said. “Major construction items for projects, steel and concrete and asphalt, there’s lot of things that influences those costs. It can come back down again as quickly as it went up.”"

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Long Beach Transit's Free Passport Route Runs on Electric Buses!

Straight Outta Suburbia / Saliendo de las Afueras : "The electric bus revolution continues!  Long Beach Transit has rolled out an electric bus fleet on its Passport route.  The Passport is a bus line which runs in a loop centered on Downtown Long Beach.  It's a good way to get from Downtown to the Queen Mary, the Aquarium and Shoreline Village.  Unlike a real passport, you don't have to pay to get on board: it's free to ride.  To top it all off, the frequency of service is pretty good.  It's only 10 minutes between buses during daytime peak periods, even on the weekends, according to the timetable.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

#Publictransit is a public investment. Fares are for rationing, not revenue.

desertdispatch : "It is in no way unique, but the authority is significantly reliant on federal and state funding to bankroll operations, beginning each fiscal year knowing that passengers will cover just about one-sixth of the cost of a trip."

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Free Costa Mesa-dedicated bus line to debut in June

Mass Transit: "May 15--A free Costa Mesa-dedicated bus line that will take riders to the city's shopping and cultural centers during peak hours is slated to launch next month."

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Americans Will Pay More to Live Near Transit

Realtor Magazine : "Fifty-five percent of Americans say they are willing to pay more for their mortgage or rent in order to get to work and recreational activities without having to use a car, a new study of transit-oriented developments by the HNTB Corp revealed."

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Car dependency leads to war on Islam #waronislam #autosprawl

Summary: US has $Trillions in auto, oil, and sprawl infrastructure. There is a lot of cheap oil left in northern Iraq. The US is betting on the KRG to deliver the oil, but debts are piling up. The local Sunni Muslims are fighting to keep it from being stolen. The US is bombing them and calling them terrorists.

Monday, November 28, 2016

U.S. Voters Approve Billions for Transit and Green Space

Urban Land Magazine: "The largest ballot measures were in California, where San Francisco Bay area voters approved $3.5 billion for the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) regional transit system, while Los Angeles voters approved Measure M, a 0.5 percent sales tax increase that will generate an estimated $100 billion over 40 years, including $860 million a year for a big expansion of bus and rail transit."