Sunday, September 14, 2014

New union aims to represent public transportation passengers

portlanddailysun : "Gaudette and Arsenault say the core concerns for bus riders these days revolve around the antiquated schedules, which haven't been adjusted for 20 years.
"Buses don't run when people need them," Arsenault said. "They're the same old routes although the populations have changed. There are more traffic lights, more automobiles. In the afternoon, there's supposed to be a bus every 20 minutes; they're all late."
The GPPTC hopes to fix that, and become a vehicle for fixing public transportation concerns as they come up.
For more information or to sign up for the GPPTC, email portlandtransitcoalition@hotmail.com."

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Support Transportation Proposition 1

Slog: "Transportation Prop 1 significantly improves from the county-wide transportation measure that failed at the ballot (due to suburban opposition) last April. That measure spent heavily on roads in addition to funding Metro bus service. In contrast, Proposition 1 is a transit-only city measure that will fund Seattle bus routes."

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,"