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

Monday, December 30, 2013

LAPD misses the mark on strategies to improve safety on our streets

Los Angeles Walks: "Has this ever happened to you? You’re waiting to cross a street at a marked intersection downtown. The signal changes to let you know it’s safe to walk and you’re all ready to stroll across the beautiful new continental crosswalk, except there’s a car in your way."

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Friday, December 27, 2013

New Year's Eve #freetransit is a good idea. For the same reasons and more, it should be free all year.

Free Metro Rail and bus service on New Year’s Eve: "“The reason for the free service is to encourage people to take the bus or the train rather than going out on dangerous streets on New Year’s Eve,” said Arthur Leahy, Metro chief executive officer. “We do that as kind of a public safety thing. People can go to a dinner or a party and then take the train home. They don’t have to get on the road. They don’t have to drive.”"

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

90% of Americans think their #publictransit is insufficient

Ticket To Ride: Americans Prefer Public Transit: "According to the research from HNTB Corporation, 76 percent of Americans are open to taking public transportation instead of driving, up from 69 percent in 2010.

High gas prices would drive the decision for 41 percent of those who choose public transportation over driving. In fact, 54 percent think getting around on public transportation for a year would save them more money than doing so via a car.

More than 9 in 10, however, believe the nation’s public transportation needs to be improved in some way. Many public transit agencies are exploring various ideas, including the introduction or expansion of bus rapid transit (BRT) facilities."

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Friday, December 13, 2013

Want to reduce health-care costs? Get more #publictransit

Public Transit Improvements Benefit Public Health | KPBS San Diego Public Radio & TV: News, Arts & Culture: "One thing that emerged at Wednesday's North County Transportation Business Summit is that improving public transit is one of the most effective ways to improve public health. Our car culture is dangerous in several ways, not least because it contributes to one of the nation's fastest-growing public health problems: obesity."

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Americans choosing mass transit over driving | transportation, study, driving

Victorville Daily Press: "Americans are driving less and using mass transit more than a decade ago, according to a recent study by two national think tanks, and use of public transportation appears to be on the rise in the High Desert."

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