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."

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Better #publictransit could save Massachusetts $20 billion

Study calls for improved public transit; touts benefits of reduced driving | "Calling for an improved public transportation system that would enable Massachusetts residents cut back on driving, a report out Monday says a 1 percent decrease in the growth rate of driving miles would improve overall quality of life and result in an aggregate $20.1 billion in savings by 2030."

Sunday, November 22, 2015

People in Vermont want to spend less time in cars

VTDigger : "While alternative transportation advocates dominated the audience, almost all present raised their hands when asked if they owned a car. About half the car owners said they wanted to drive less than they did, Zicconi said."

Monday, November 16, 2015

Millennials Want More Public Transportation

U.S. PIRG : "As a Millennial myself, I can relate to many of these reasons above. I went to college where I didn’t have, want, or need a car. I’m not yet married (nor do I plan to be for a long while) and want to live in walkable areas where I can get to the grocery stores, restaurants, bars, and other attractions without a car.  But it’s the availability of technology has largely enabled me to realize that want – a number of apps allow me to find the closest bike share, map the fastest bus route home, reserve a car, or order a ride at the touch of a button.

The reasons Millennials as a whole are driving less is varied and complicated, but as the largest generation, they’re the ones with the most to gain or lose from a lack of investment in public transportation.  The decisions we make today are will define how we’re able to navigate our cities in the future and it’s clear that Millennials want more public transportation.  It’s time for our city leaders to head that call."

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Survey: Boston Millennials Say MBTA Is Most Important Factor In Where They Live And Work

WBUR: "Millennials in Greater Boston say access to public transit is the most important factor in where they choose to live and work."

Friday, October 30, 2015

Public Transportation Offers Solution to Parking Issues at MGH : "“I don’t have a car. I live in the city,” Kelsey Powers, a nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital, said. “But even if I did, they [the hospital] don’t give parking benefits unless you’re salaried, and even then you don’t always get it.

“They don’t really have street parking. And it’s every two hours too so I can’t come out and feed [the meter] every two hours,” Powers said."

Saturday, September 12, 2015