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

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Bus riders protest proposed transit system fare hikes "The demonstration at the Western Avenue subway station, organized by the Bus Riders' Union, was a response to a proposal to boost bus and rail fares as much as 117% over the next eight years. Passenger advocates said the increases would be too great a burden on the system's most economically vulnerable riders, including seniors and the disabled.

"Public transit riders have already paid for the system before even getting on the bus," said Barbara Lott-Holland, co-chair of the riders' union. She was referring in part to more than $2 billion a year in Los Angeles County sales tax collections earmarked for construction and operation of the bus and rail system."

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Bicyclists and pedestrians better than parking spaces for town center

Uptown Might Be Warming to Bike Infrastructure | Voice of San Diego: "But at the group’s Thursday meeting, business owners who supported the project outnumbered those who didn’t.

Jeff Motch, co-owner of Tiger! Tiger! in North Park, said pedestrian traffic  is more valuable to his operation than a few parking spots at his storefront.

“If there’s capacity for 300 people inside, why would I care about the three parking spots that are gone?” Motch said."

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Autosprawl wastes energy. Takes from cornfields, and now from water supply.

An aerial photograph shows a large field of fracking sites in a north-western Colorado valley. It can take millions of gallons of fresh water to frack a single well. Photograph: Susan Heller/Getty images
Fracking is depleting water supplies in America's driest areas, report shows | Environment | "America's oil and gas rush is depleting water supplies in the driest and most drought-prone areas of the country, from Texas to California, new research has found.

Of the nearly 40,000 oil and gas wells drilled since 2011, three-quarters were located in areas where water is scarce, and 55% were in areas experiencing drought, the report by the Ceres investor network found.

Fracking those wells used 97bn gallons of water, raising new concerns about unforeseen costs of America's energy rush."