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."

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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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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Candidate for governor of Massachusetts understands fares are for rationing, not revenue

Transportation | Berwick for Governor: "I will regard fare increases on mass transit as the last and least desirable of all revenue sources: we need more ridership, not less.

...I will pursue policies that encourage increasing use of public and mass transit, as well as bicycles, as part of a comprehensive energy and carbon reduction policy; "

Monday, January 6, 2014

Conn. officials call on Congress to extend tax benefit for public transportation commuters "NEW HAVEN, Connecticut — Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal and New Haven Mayor Toni Harp are calling on Congress to extend a federal tax benefit for commuters who use public transportation."

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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Climate change models underestimate likely temperature rise, report shows "The Earth’s climate is far more sensitive to carbon dioxide emissions than previously thought, heightening the likelihood of a 4C temperature rise by 2100, new Australian-led research of cloud systems has found.

The study, published in Nature, provides new understanding on the role of cloud formation in climate sensitivity – one of the key uncertainties in predictions of climate change."

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