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

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

In the US, there are 8 parking spaces per car, one space can cost over $100,000 to create

In 2015, the city looked at taking over a now-popular restaurant to build a 64-space parking structure in Belmont Shore for $7.4 million, or $115,600‬ per space. Small, expensive structures like this are the kind that would be built in residential neighborhoods. To get 1,000 spaces, you would need 15 structures that size, at a total cost more than $100 million. That’s about a quarter of all the money the city expects from Measure A during its 10-year lifetime. ‬‬‬‬
https://lbpost.com/news/replacing-homes-businesses-parking-hurts-everyone 

Friday, February 14, 2020

How you gonna pay for #freetransit? Oops, first we have another oil bailout

There is a very good chance that California taxpayers will be on the hook for $500 million in future costs of plugging so-called “orphan” oil and gas wells, and a good chance the number could be as high as $5.7 billion, according to a new report
The report, released Friday by the California Council on Science and Technology, an independent, state-commissioned body, exposes yet another massive cost the oil, gas, and petrochemical industry is attempting to pass off onto the public — and another risk to investors in the industry should the state act to force industry to internalize these costs, as justice and the existential threat of climate change demands.
https://www.ciel.org/oil-and-gas-gift-to-california-a-5-billion-cleanup-bill/

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Bill proposed for #freetransit for students of California community colleges, state universities and the UC campuses

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A proposed California bill would provide free transit passes to students attending state's community colleges, state universities and the UC campuses. 
Assemblymember Chris Holden (D - Pasadena), who proposed the bill, said in a news release the reason why he introduced it was to come up with a solution to tackle climate change.
https://www.abc10.com/article/news/local/california/california-assembly-bill-offers-free-public-transit-college-students/103-93381a14-cda8-4c39-9bb1-7e0c26cf9564? 

Monday, February 10, 2020