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

Thursday, January 26, 2012

SANDAG sprawl plan draws more fire

Harris Files Suit Against SANDAG | NBC San Diego: "Harris said in a statement that the environmental impact report did not adequately address some climate concerns such as pollution.

"The 3.2 million residents of the San Diego region already suffer from the seventh worst ozone pollution in the country,” she said.

Harris is joined in her efforts by Cleveland National Forrest Foundation and Sierra Club, who filed a separate lawsuit last year."

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Friday, January 13, 2012

One parking space costs $140,000

Between the Lines - Features - Los Angeles magazine: "Yet before an auditorium could be raised on K, a six-floor subterranean garage capable of holding 2,188 cars needed to be sunk below it at a cost of $110 million—money raised from county bonds. Parking spaces can be amazingly expensive to fabricate. In aboveground structures they cost as much as $40,000 apiece. Belowground, all that excavating and shoring may run a developer $140,000 per space. "

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Monday, January 9, 2012

California bill would accelerate transit projects

California bill would accelerate transit projects: "Touted as a way to reduce congestion, a California state lawmaker wants to make sure funding for Los Angeles area transit projects does not dry up anytime in the foreseeable future.

Assemblyman Mike Feuer, D-Los Angeles, introduced a bill Wednesday, Jan. 4, to help pay for local transit projects more quickly. If approved by lawmakers, voters in Los Angeles County could soon decide whether to extend the length of the Measure R sales tax authorization."

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Epic Five Day #Transit Journey from S.F. to Pasadena

SF Weekly
Reader Mail: Blog Inspires Epic Five Day Transit Journey from S.F. to Pasadena: "Adrienne traveled from San Francisco to Pasadena in five days using only local transit – she made a vacation out of the journey, spending time in Monterey, Paso Robles, Santa Barbara, and Solvang. She arrived the Tuesday before Thanksgiving in her sister’s driveway, just as she planned. Adrienne’s letter is below – Joe also interviewed her for his SF Weekly blog. Now, which of you is going to one-up Adrienne and Joe and go even further using only local buses and trains?"

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INLAND: Trains and buses leap ahead this year | Breaking News | - Press-Enterprise

INLAND: Trains and buses leap ahead this year | Breaking News | - Press-Enterprise: "Long-discussed transit projects in San Bernardino and Riverside counties will be more than just talk this year — transportation agencies are committed to spend millions either designing or building expansions to local bus and rail systems.
The work will tap funds approved years ago, before the economic recession, as well as recently secured federal dollars."

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