Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Transportation director calls traffic 'public health threat'

portland tribune : "Portland Bureau of Transportation Director Leah Treat declared war on cars Tuesday, saying her top priority was providing more alternatives to automobiles for city residents.

"We have a growing public health crisis in Portland — traffic," Treat said .... Citing statistics that show more Portanders are being killed in traffic accidents than by homicides,"

Young people speak out about the pain of car-dependency

BikePortland.org: "Nicole Johnson, OPAL's youth organizer and another person on Monday's panel, was especially eloquent Monday in drawing on her experience growing up in Portland in the 00s to explain the importance of non-car transportation to young people:"

Friday, April 18, 2014

Bus cuts will add 30,000 cars to daily commute

A vote against bus funding is a vote against equity and a healthy environment | Crosscut.com: "The benefits of transit extend even to those who do not ride it. Transit reduces congestion on the streets and pollution in the air. King County estimates that 30,000 cars will be added to the daily commute if Proposition 1 does not pass."

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Utah Transit Authority is a greed machine

Salt Lake City News: "How can we say this politely? The Utah Transit Authority is a greed machine. Ridership and public service are secondary to the jingle of cash in the pockets of management and the developers they nurture. Now we hear, again, that UTA executives are getting nice, fat bonuses—double what they got last year. And this is on the heels of an effort to increase taxes, to buy up more transit-oriented development space, to add lines and, of course, cut back service. How does any of this make any sense? Because UTA is an agency without control. It takes from the public coffers and pads its internal machine. Citizen advocate Claire Geddes has it right: “We must have stupid written all over our faces.”"

Friday, April 4, 2014

Pierce, King and Snohomish County residents - Vote YES on Proposition 1: Mass Transit Now!

Futurewise: "This transit-only package will offer immediate relief to commuters by increasing intercity express bus service by as much as 30% in 2009, while building on our regional high capacity transit system with 34 more miles of light rail and improvements to north and south commuter rail lines—all for a half cent sales tax increase totaling about $69 per person per year - less than the average tank of gas!"

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Cuts to #publictransit will clog highways and slow economy

Seattle Times: "With all the extra traffic that would result from cuts to service, our region’s economic engine would be slowed down at the worst time possible given the current recession and with transit ridership growing to record levels. The environment, as well as commuters, would suffer from the 30,000 or more extra cars idling in the ensuing traffic jams. Everyone benefits from public transportation; whether it’s in the form of reduced traffic for commuters, reduced emissions for the environment, increased access to basic needs, or increased economic opportunity for everyone."