Saturday, May 7, 2016

Massachusetts law encourages driving to work

wbjournal.com : " "The scenario creates a financial incentive for commuters to drive to work, rather than use public transportation or vanpool."
The difference between the two caps also causes headaches for human resources departments, which have to reconcile the two limits, supporters said."

Billions are spent for autos and sprawl, but "price tag too high" for buses

BDN Maine: "Bangor likely won’t see longer bus hours or new routes for the Community Connector anytime soon. At the Bangor City Council’s budget workshop on April 27, city residents called on the councilors to extend bus service by at least two hours. While the councilors were in agreement that the bus service eventually should be extended, they concluded the price tag was too high."

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Todd Litman: Walk-friendly cities are smarter

burlingtonfreepress : "He shifted between data sets (fewer car commutes generally correlate with lower obesity rates and more prudent investments in real estate) and sacred cows (do electric cars do anything to solve vehicular-propelled issues of safety, congestion, road and parking costs, sprawl, habitat destruction and the sedentary habits of drivers?).

Litman grew up in Whittier, Calif., steered by the car-cultures of greater Los Angeles.

"You learn from places that have conspicuous problems," he said.

As an adult, Litman moved to Vancouver Island, where he founded and now directs the nonprofit Victoria Transport Policy Institute.

It's a spot he said embodies an underrated virtue: walkability.

Burlington and other Chittenden County urban centers, he noted, openly aspire to that claim."

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Transit serves everyone, whether we ride or not

Medford Transcript : "Transit serves everyone, whether we ride or not. Every taxpayer in the Commonwealth should be rooting for the new team to succeed in saving the project, including all of the planned stations, including the Route 16 station, and the complete community path for walkers and cyclists, and not only to avoid wasting tax dollars already expended."

Friday, April 8, 2016

Providence fights over parking. Best solution? Fare-free buses.

golocalprov : "Tegu said Hope Street businesses are looking for customers to spend longer periods of time in that particular neighborhood so that all of the businesses benefit. The businesses there don't want their customers to feels rushed because of parking meters.

"We're not a downtown district where folks park, shop an hour, and then leave. We're more of a destination where people can potentially spend the whole day," said Tegu. 

Parking meters, she said, put a dent in that plan. Instead of meters, the city should look for ways to attract people, not deter them. In the long run, she said, that would create more revenue.

Merchants aside, some community activists believe parking meters can be beneficial."

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Public transit sucks in the US for a simple reason. Autosprawl profitieers WANT it to suck.

Public Transportation Woes Are Not Just In Boston | Infrastructure & Construction Law: "Crisis in public transportation is a result of neglect over time and boils over, resulting in what we currently see in many major cities.  Things like chronic lack of investment, poor management, and a culture not conducive to implementing preventative measures, are just some of the contributing factors."

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

MBTA eyes discounts for low-income riders in the future

This is an old trick. Means testing. More costly bureaucracy, just to keep an unsustainable autosprawl system going. By making all buses fare-free, a city will save much more in reduced congestion, less parking subsidy, less pollution, and better health than it would "lose" in fare revenue.

The Boston Globe: "As the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority considers fare increases, advocates for low-income residents are encouraging the agency to implement something new in the state: discounts for those customers who have the hardest time paying."