Thursday, July 31, 2014

No buses, no peace

Bus Chick : "...Meanwhile, road projects all over the state are mismanaged and bleeding our tax dollars.There are no ballot measures to ask us if we want to pay the bill.

I’ve been thinking about how this state of professed progressives creates task forces to talk about pollution and global warming and pays lip service to social justice but can’t make one single transportation decision the reflects these professed priorities.

I’ve been thinking about how ridiculous it is that in 2014, in this growing, prosperous, innovative county, we’ve had to fight so hard–and for so long–just to preserve a basic bus system...."

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Seattle Transit Riders Union

Seattle Transit Riders Union: "TRU took it to the streets today with our 'dead bus' -- remember, Rally this Thursday at 4:00 PM outside City Hall, public hearing starts at 5:30!"

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

What is the cost of not having #freetransit?

The Cost of Fixing Bertha? Could Be One-and-a-Half Times What It Cost to Build Bertha. So: How Else Might We Spend That Money? | Slog: "This is a pretty stunning bit of tunnel news. It cost $80 million to build Bertha, the downtown tunnel-boring machine that's taking a year off for repairs. Now we learn it could cost $125 million to fix Bertha."

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."