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

Sunday, July 29, 2012

The 1% is terrified of peaceful protest - #anaheim

Response in Anaheim, CA, to nonviolent, unarmed, men, women, and children protesting police killings.

Bus Riders Union calls on Obama to restore service hours in L.A. -

Bus Riders Union calls on Obama to restore service hours in L.A. - "Saying that both federal and local officials have mostly ignored their calls for transportation reform in Los Angeles, the Bus Riders Union on Wednesday called on President Obama to help restore about 1 million hours in bus service cuts made over the last several years.

Hundreds of people led by the group rallied outside City Hall and loudly chanted: "President Obama, enforce, restore, expand our civil rights.""

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Buses are booming in Hawaii

MAUI TO RECEIVE $800,000 TO BUILD AND REFURBISH BUS SHELTERS | Press Releases | United States Senator Daniel K. Inouye: "“Maui’s bus system is one of the fastest growing public transit systems in the nation and I would like to thank the administration for investing in its’ upkeep and accessibility. These funds will also add sustainable sources of energy to bus shelters while promoting recycling, bicycle use and increased access for those living with disabilities,” said Senator Inouye.

“This important investment will help improve public transportation access for many more people on Maui. I’m especially pleased to see the focus on sustainability, as this proves once again Hawaii can build energy independence and protect our natural beauty while improving our critical transportation needs,” said Congresswoman Hirono, a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee."

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Runaway Climate Change » Of Our Own Design

Runaway Climate Change » Of Our Own Design: "Each of these feedback mechanisms (and others not mentioned here) would have dire consequences for life on this planet. Taken together, they would reinforce each other and magnify the change in climate. But the gravest concern is that rising temperatures on this planet will lead to a venting of methane from the oceans. It is this possibility which is lamented in the above quotation from Stephen Hawking.

Methane is stored in the deep ocean along the continental margins, in the form of clathrates. These are massive deposits of carbonated slush, where the methane is trapped under pressure in the crystal lattices of frozen water (i.e., ice). Though the oceans hold much more methane than does the tundra, taken together they contain an estimated 2 trillion tons of methane in the form of clathrates.15"

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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Car dependency is a heavy weight on the backs of the working poor

Riding in Riverside: Cars, Costs, and the Working Poor: "Why do I bring this up? It's about transportation, of course. Back then, what really killed us was unpredictable expenses. We could keep a roof over our head, food on the table, and the lights on, but a large and unexpected bill would really hurt. And, at the time, we were relatively car-dependent. So probably the most frequent large, unexpected bill we received was the bill from the mechanic. We mitigated this to an extent by trading favors with car-handy relatives, but car parts are still expensive. As anyone who has suffered through driving an old, failing car, every strange noise under your hood sounds eerily similar to the sound of money draining from your bank account.

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Monday, July 2, 2012

Metro to offer free transit to young adults emerging from foster system - LA Daily News

Metro to offer free transit to young adults emerging from foster system - LA Daily News: "LOS ANGELES - Young adults who gain legal independence from the foster care system in Los Angeles County will be offered free public transportation under a new program starting today."

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