Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Transit free during May to older riders

Wallowa County Chieftain: "Public Transit operations in Wallowa, Union and Baker counties announced they will provide free rides for people age 60 and over to and from meals at the Enterprise, Wallowa, La Grande and Baker City dining centers during the month of May."

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Public wants more, not less, #publictransit

Spokesman.com: "Prop 1 is about responding to the public and ensuring accountability. Residents of Spokane County have continually called for more, not less transit service. This ballot measure is the result of three years of public input into a 10-year plan that invests in over 25 projects across the county to expand service by 25 percent."

Thursday, April 9, 2015

MISSOULIAN EDITORIAL: Missoula rallies for public transportation

missoulian.com: " As ridership increases, so does the need to provide stable, long-term funding for transportation infrastructure.

This is true for Mountain Line as well, which relies on federal funding for transportation infrastructure in addition to community support in order to offer innovative new options like zero-fare service. The three-year demonstration project was boosted with $460,000 in sponsorships from 14 different community partners, including the Missoulian. Additionally, Mountain Line added 15-minute BOLT! service to one of its routes, and began offering service late into the evening."



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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

BYU-I students call for public transportation

News - Home: ""Mainly through student polling we found that fifty percent of students are pro-public transit," said Wagner. "They wish that there was a more viable public transit option here in Rexburg."

Wagner said students are forced to walk hours on end just to get to stores like Walmart. He also said traffic and parking can get far too congested around campus.

"Most of the people that go to school here still don't have cars," said Wagner. "A lot do, as you can see there's cars everywhere and the community complains enough about them you'd think they'd have the propel to do something about it.""

Friday, January 23, 2015

A victim of the automobile culture shows courage and sets an example for us

I am so thankful to be alive.It has been nearly 20 years since my accident. As my anniversary approaches. I would like to express my sincere thanks to my family and   friends for all of their love and support throughout my journey. I have been blessed beyond measure.

On January 27, 1995, I was crossing the street and was struck by a car on 3300 South 300 East, with result in a traumatic brain injury and pelvic fracture. It was a real challenge to relearn how to feed myself, dress myself, and walk without assistance. I was in the hospital for five weeks and underwent speech and physical for six months. I had to retain my brain to perform simple tasks such as word puzzles, sew, needlepoint with plastic canvas and many other things. 

It still find it hard to believe that I am now "disabled" person. For about a year, I was extremely depressed. All I would do was eat and sleep, and I gained 70 pounds.When I was having a good day I would have tendency to overexert and make myself ill for days, like having a bad dose of the flu.

Life is more challenging now, and I cannot do as much I used to do. I have learned to pace myself. There are times when I still overdo it and end up sick the next day. But instead of staying in bed, I get up shower and dive into one of my hobbies, which has proved to be very therapeutic. Over ime, my hobbies have helped me improve my motor skills and speed, even reduce the amount of medication I take.

In celebration I am rebuilding my life. I join VASA Fitness to get back into shape and have already lost 25 pounds. I am taking computer classes and learning how to start my own business, Tammi's Custom Jewelry & Gifts through Vocational Rehabilitation. I am spending more time with my lovely granddaughter and friends.

I am no longer angry. I do not blame God or feel sorry for myself. I try to stay positive. A person's life doesn't have to end just because they're disabled. I have grown to appreciate life more, especially the small things. You see, things happen for a reason, and I will try to make the most of the hand I'm dealt. "There but for the grace of God,go I." Life is a gift.

Thank You!
Tammi Diaz

(editor's note: Tammi is a free-transit activist in Utah)

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Ridership up 17% in one year on free bus system in Bozeman, MT

Daily Chronicle: "From slow beginnings in 2006, Streamline has become a mainstay of the local transportation scene. From its inception, skeptics questioned the need for public transportation and whether it would ever be cost-effective. But, in the fiscal year ended last summer, Streamline buses logged more than 330,000 riders, an increase of 17 percent over the previous year. And the service expects to transport its 2 millionth rider overall in the next year."