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

fosters.com: "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.”"

Saturday, May 28, 2016

11 beaches you can get to via public transportation

boston.com : "You don’t need a car to get to the beach. Here are New England beaches that are accessible by public transportation."

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."