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

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Colorado bus system decides that fare-free transit is best

Public calls for transit connections to Blue River, Vail | "A pay-to-ride model won't work for the Summit Stage because fee-collection hardware is expensive to install and would likely hurt ridership in a county where transit users are accustomed to free public transportation, transit officials said.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

An experiment in free public transportation worth watching - LA Daily News

An experiment in free public transportation worth watching - LA Daily News: "Would it ease the threat of school-bus funding cuts here? Could encouraging kids to use public transportation break the region's car addiction? Would a loss of revenue in the short run be good business for the Metropolitan Transit Authority in the long run?"

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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Santa Barbara, an elixir to cure car-itis

Get to Earth Day – Alameda Park Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival: "Alameda Park, where the Earth Day Festival is held, is easily reached on foot or by bike, bus, shuttle or train. Cars are a major source of smog pollution and greenhouses gases contributing to global climate change. Get in the spirit and enjoy car ‘free-dom’ on Earth Day!"

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Mark Dorosin lists #transit first of 3 biggest issues in Orange County

Mark Dorosin for County Commissioner: "Developing a coordinated strategy and providing active leadership on critical emerging issues: the commissioners must adopt policies that highlight the interconnected nature of key issues and recognize that decisions regarding one directly implicate others.  The three biggest issues facing the county–transit, economic development, and solid waste– require smart, intentional strategies that will work synergistically to ensure that all communities benefit from the decisions that shape the county’s future.  That will require better coordination and leadership both within the county government itself, as well as with other governments in and around the county."

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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Two weeks a year stuck in traffic. Had enough yet?

Life Without Cars: The New Un-American Dream: "Public transportation doesn’t have to be a squalid affair, he insists. “Done right, [it] can be faster, more comfortable, and cheaper than the private automobile.” He’s convinced this should be playing out across America and indeed across the globe because cars, he says, have imprisoned us.

We spend on average, 16 weeks of our lives stuck in traffic. In Los Angeles, drivers spend an average of 72 hours delayed in traffic every year – equal to almost two full weeks of work. And since the demand for oil is outstripping the world’s supply, he says we’re nuts if we don’t envision a life beyond the automobile."

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Friday, April 6, 2012

Riverside - Transportation NOW

Transportation NOW: "To advocate for the support of public transportation as an essential component to communities; to support and lobby for funding; to raise awareness of the benefits to businesses and communities of environmentally sound, safe, and energy-efficient transportation alternatives; and to encourage the use of public transportation in Western Riverside County."

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