Sunday, October 23, 2016

US in #autosprawl meltdown, can't afford subsidies

Maine Public: "“If government can’t provide safe, efficient infrastructure, what can it do?” McLean asks. “So people, I think, understand the need for money, for funding of infrastructure projects.”

But McLean, who co-chairs the legislature’s Transportation Committee, also believes that it doesn’t go far enough. He says the state needs to come up with some additional revenue sources beyond the gas tax in order to avoid borrowing nearly every year to to fix roads. He says even if voters approve question six the state will not have enough money on hand to make all the needed repairs accumulated because of deferred maintenance."

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Car culture spends billions on cars, leaves poor, old, disabled stranded

Bangor Daily News: "The transit study called for running a bus on an hourly basis on weekdays from Wal-Mart in Thomaston to Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport with multiple stops in between.

But without government subsidies, the fees would have been too great to make it work, Karker said.

Christopher Merritt, owner of Schooner Bay Taxi, also served on the committee. While on the panel, he expressed reservation that a regular bus service would be successful."

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

In Maine, #publictransit allows seniors to be part of community

Bangor Daily News: "“And it makes you more part of the community,” she said. “You get more connected, more aware of our similarities.”

Kelly is a member of Transportation for All, a Bangor-based group facilitated by Food AND Medicine, a Brewer nonprofit, that aims to increase use of the city’s Community Connector bus system and, ultimately, expand its service area and hours of operation. The bus system also serves Brewer, Hampden, Orono, Veazie and Old Town."

Monday, September 26, 2016

Keeping Public Transportation Public

The Heights: "So if the privatized Commuter Rail has already proven faulty, why is there a push to outsource still more MBTA services? It would seem the powers that be need a scapegoat for the T’s fiscal and performance woes. But it certainly shouldn’t be the people who have slaved to keep a broken system running. Cutting jobs or outsourcing work to the lowest bidder backed by cut-rate labor isn’t going to help an already failing system."

Saturday, September 17, 2016

People in Connecticut feeling the pain of sprawl ... it's going to get worse, not better

masstransitmag : "The high cost of commuting by Metro-North to New York City was brought up by Pete Ziegler of Milford. "You've got to give us a break," he said. "I pay $275 a year for my parking. I'm going to be paying $445 to take the train; then I have to take the subway. It all adds up.""

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Connecticut getting slapped by the reality of supporting cars

Bristol Press: "Raising fares may be a necessary evil, but it’s particularly troubling coming in conjunction with significant budget cuts. For tens of thousands of commuters in Connecticut, Malloy’s proposal simply means the same old same old — higher prices for a transit system that fails to meet the demands of its ridership."

Friday, August 19, 2016

Dover, NH, seeking more #walkability "The elements included in that visioning process include: “a walkable community complemented by citywide pedestrian, bicycle and wheelchair accessible features using appropriate benches, signs, lighting, crosswalks and bicycle racks; a public transit system that serves the entire community; traffic-calming measures to manage speeds and ‘pass through’ traffic in the downtown and neighborhoods; physical and directional signage improvements designed to facilitate legal, safe traffic flow for vehicles and pedestrians throughout the city.”"