Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Public transportation could provide answer to poverty

The Red and Black : Views: "It's a catch-22: To gain employment, one must be able to arrive to a job consistently and on time, and in order to do so one must have transportation. To have transportation in cities that have no public bus or train system, one must have a car. In order to have a car one must make money, and in order to make money one must have a job. Lack of public transportation is keeping the poor in poverty and preventing the betterment of our society. What would be the most effective way to eradicate poverty and a failing system of social welfare? Public transportation."


Monday, January 26, 2015

Go #carfree to save money and seven other reasons

8 Reasons to Adopt a Car-Free Lifestyle » EcoWatch: "1. It’s good for your bank account. Between payments, upkeep, insurance and gas, owning a car can take a major bite out of a household budget. While a post-World War II culture had a fetish for cars and saw them as a form of entertainment, today they’re more like a utility that fills a need. If that need is filled by walking, bicycling or public transportation, personal costs drop steeply. That frees up income to use in other more enjoyable ways than getting your brakes fixed."

Friday, January 23, 2015

Waltham council committee requests more public transportation

Wicked Local Waltham: "The Economic & Community Development Committee on Monday briefly discussed the issue. Ward 3 Councilor George Darcy sponsored a resolution calling for increased efforts to get additional MBTA service in Waltham."


Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Reserve in downtown Meriden closes amid parking worries

MyRecordJournal.com: "MERIDEN — The closure of a 93-space parking lot at 38-44 Colony St. is miring services for churchgoers and business customers, and according to one owner, contributed to the closure of The Reserve public house and concert venue."


Monday, January 12, 2015

CT Governor admits cars choking the economy, calls it unacceptable.

Governor Malloy: "We have more to do because traffic congestion still costs the average person an extra 42 hours away from your family each year.
 
And for our economy, it’s the equivalent of 97 million dollars in lost time and wasted fuel, each and every day.
 
All told roads and bridges that are either deficient or overly-congested cost Connecticut drivers a total of 4.2 billion dollars annually.
 
It’s harming us and the health of our children with additional air pollution and smog.
 
Simply put, our investments have not kept pace with our needs, and our residents and businesses are paying the price.
 
It’s unacceptable. We need a new approach."

Sunday, December 7, 2014

The real problem: too many cars

Waltham Voices : "Recently, I attended a neighborhood meeting concerning future development at 1265 Main Street. In order for that development to expand, the developer needs to have a traffic plan approved that will get the traffic out of the Cedarwood neighborhood. New ramps to and from the highway as well as roadways parallel to Route 128 to move the traffic between Route 20 and Route 117 are part of the proposed solution.
This may help keep the traffic out of the neighborhood but really does nothing about the real problem, which is there are just too many cars. Adding more lanes to 128 or access roads beside it will simply allow more cars to be caught in a traffic jam."

Monday, November 17, 2014

Campaign for YouthPass in Boston -- decision of MassDot coming up soon.