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

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Yuma, AZ. No bus fares for hospital employees, volunteers, some patients

On the go, bus, andoh, ycat - News - YumaSun: "YRMC will contribute funding so that its employees and volunteers can ride YCAT free and unrestricted. An YCAT sticker would be attached to the employee or volunteer ID card and would change color each six-month period.

As part of the agreement, YCIPTA will provide 500 YCAT DayPasses for distribution to patients who require transportation from YRMC facilities.

This program will be available to YRMC employees and volunteers effective March 1. The total revenue generated annually would be $30,000, if YRMC extends the agreement beyond Sept. 30.

A new program that premiered last month received high praise by riders. YCIPTA expected three bus loads of passengers for the YCAT Holiday GOAround tours Dec. 21-23, but ended up with nine bus loads that Friday, 11 on Saturday and another nine on Sunday."

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

California Environmental Quality Act, CEQA, Works

About CEQA | CEQA Works: "The California Environmental Quality Act became law in 1970. It is an “environmental bill of rights” for all Californians. CEQA is designed to ensure that people in every California community can understand how land use decisions will impact their communities and health, and can hold public agencies accountable to local and state environmental and land use laws.
The California Environmental Quality Act:

  • is the only state law that ensures the public has an opportunity to be informed about and participate in major land use decisions.
  • gives communities a voice in shaping development in a way that supports quality of life by encouraging transit, bike, and pedestrian-friendly development.
  • provides important public health protections by requiring agencies to explain to the public the air and water pollution that will be caused by major land use projects and to consider feasible measures to reduce these effects.
  • ensures that developers pay for the environmental impacts of new construction."

Friday, January 18, 2013

Colorado city bans #fracking

Large Coalition Comes Together to Oppose Fracking in Colorado | Common Dreams: "Earlier this month, Longmont became the first city in Colorado to ban fracking in a historic bipartisan vote, indicating that the tide of public opinion is turning away from fracking as more residents learn of its negative impacts on health, safety, property, air, water and families throughout Colorado."

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