Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Bridgeport bus service pretty lame

City’s public bus transportation lacking | The Bridgeport News: "Unfortunately, for the thousands who use public buses, poor on-time performance and service gaps are chronic problems that never seem to get fixed in a sustained and meaningful way.

Of course, increased funding of the state’s public bus system is long overdue and a goal worth fighting for. In the meantime, the bus-riding public must refuse to be taken for granted and demand the respect they deserve, as customers who pay up front — before they ride — and receive no credit for poor service."

Saturday, March 1, 2014

How to save millions and protect your town from bad urban planning

Connecticut is taking 18 months to make a 50 transport plan. Here is an idea. Make all urban buses fare-free and the people will show you what the needs are.

The Day - Public backs state transit initiatives | News from southeastern Connecticut: "The state is seeking public feedback through a series of forums and a website, as the first step in developing a 50-year plan for the Department of Transportation. The planning initiative, called Transform CT, was launched in June and will take about 1½ years to complete."

Friday, February 21, 2014

Is New Haven #publictransit fair and useful to all equally?

Staff find public transport lacking | Yale Daily News: "Of the 10 Yale Dining employees interviewed, only two use the public transit system. All said walking or owning a car was a far more reliable option than the transportation that the city provides. A Durfee’s employee who asked to remain anonymous said the CT Transit bus system does not fill her needs because there are not many options when her shift ends late at night. She added that the Yale Shuttle does not serve her neighborhood.

“So how am I supposed to get home after that? I don’t even know if I’m going to have money for a cab.”

Any deficiency of public transit is a tremendous hazard for New Haven residents, according to the 2012 Data Haven WellBeing Survey administered by the New Haven public information nonprofit DataHaven. The survey said that 27 percent of Greater New Haven households are “zero car” households with “no reliable vehicle” and that, because of this, they are denied access to approximately half the jobs in the Greater New Haven area."

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Piscataquis Village -- Project to build a #carfree city

Piscataquis Village Project: "Development of the Village would be guided by a set of building covenants specifically composed to create a space, as it is built out, in the traditional city pattern of Europe and early North America, in which foot or bicycle was the primary method of transportation.

Motor vehicles would be parked at the perimeter of the development in a green belt of at least 375 acres, which other than the parking area, would be a permanently protected zone for agriculture and outdoor recreation."

Still more to be done for public transportation

MetroWest Daily News : "Orsino said people are turning to public transit in the state and across the nation to avoid paying high prices for gas, parking, insurance and other costs of owning a car.
"People are very aware of public transit and want to use it," she said. "Plus, with an aging population, having public transit options is important. Seniors are much more active than in the past."
Young adults are also more aware and inclined to use public transit, she said.
While the MBTA’s commuter rail system brings people from Boston to suburbs and cities, "what about up and down main street?" Orsino said."



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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Government supports #freetransit for upscale colleges, why not everyone?

Citiscope: "“Even if people don’t use the system, they support it, because they do understand the environmental impact...”.

... the five-college service has endured partly due to parallel efforts to dissuade vehicle use with parking fees in downtown and campus locations. “There has to be a cost associated with driving a single-occupancy car that makes the use of public transportation viable.”.

...The service is funded by the federal government, the Massachusetts state legislature, the five colleges and participating communities. In fiscal year 2013, annual ridership totaled more than 2.9 million passengers and the operating budget was $3.8 million."

See more at: http://citiscope.org/story/2014/tallinn-removed-transit-fares-free-buses-linked-five-colleges-us

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Most Walkable Cities in U.S. – AARP

Most Walkable Cities in U.S. – AARP: "We’re glad to hear that, and we’re pleased to see Dan Burden, cofounder of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute (WALC) — and a frequent contributor to the AARP Great Places blog — being quoted as an expert source. About cities  creating high-density housing and reinventing town centers so residents can walk to their destinations, Burden tells Governing, “A lot of the towns are making these transitions well and becoming the best places to live and raise a family.”"



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