Saturday, March 11, 2017

Boise choked by cars, studies problem five years and discovers buses

KTVB.COM: ""Everyone sees what's been happening in downtown Boise in recent years and they understand that over time we're running out of room for building more lanes, we’re running out of room for building more parking spaces," said Journee.

That's why Journee says people need new transportation options for moving around the city and within the downtown area.

One of the ways the city would do that would be with a circulator.

"This is very specific to downtown this would be something that someone could wait for for a few minutes at a stop and hop on and take them to a very specific place downtown," he said.

In October, the city completed a five-year-long alternatives analysis of how the circulator would work."

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Utah should use #freetransit to fight bad air

Jesse Ruins Utah’s Air – UVU Review: "For starters, on days that it gets to be so bad that it is classified as a “red air day,” the state should offer free public transportation with UTA busses, Frontrunner and Trax. It would be a class act move from Utah, but it is something that I don’t see happening in the near future."

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Upthegrove calls for free, expanded late night public transportation on Fourth of July and New Year’s Eve holidays

Ballard News-Tribune: "King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove introduced legislation to advocate for free and expanded public transportation service on the Fourth of July and New Year’s Eve holidays to reduce drunk driving. Last year, the Washington State Patrol made 24 arrests for driving under the influence on New Year’s Eve and 223 arrests over a five-day period around the Fourth of July."

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Why does bike share fail in US, but succeed in Taipei? A: #publictransit

Seattle Bike Share system is being shut down : TreeHugger: "Bike share systems are not free and they are not toys; they are part of the transportation system. If the network is big enough and properly designed, people will use it instead of public transport (often overcrowded) and instead of driving. It is never going to be a profit center any more than the roads themselves are. "
In Taipei, buses are everywhere, convenient, and affordable. US cities should invest in buses. Make them fare-free to speed things up. Then bike share will work.

Monday, January 9, 2017

#Autosprawl bill is due in Oregon - cars before people

Northwest Public Radio: "Among Brown’s stated priorities was a package that would pay for highway and mass transit improvements. One suburban Republican lawmaker, Julie Parrish, tweeted during the speech that she'd support a package only if it widened I-205 in the Portland area."

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Ellensburg, WA: Transit measure passes

No. 6 Story of the Year: Transit measure passes | News | "The tax money will be used to extend night and weekend bus service, expand paratransit (Dial-A-Ride) service on nights and weekends to match regular bus service eventually, add additional bus routes and relieve Kittitas Valley Fire and Rescue from providing cabulance transportation. Starting next week, some of the funding will be used to add back stops in Ellensburg for the Yakima-Ellensburg Commuter bus.

City Council member Bruce Tabb said the Public Transit Advisory Committee has been meeting, and has been looking into the next steps for expanding transit and thinking of routes."

Friday, November 11, 2016

Ever wonder why some people seem to get away with vandalism during protests?

Ask yourself, who wants to make protesters look like violent bums? This is a trick many hundreds of years old. The police, or people who are under pressure by police because of charges against them, dress up and break windows and start fires. They saunter through their dirty work with no hurry and no fear of arrest or even camera shyness. Somehow this is all clearly filmed by a "journalist" who then serves it up to social and corporate media. Commentators are in place and ready to be "appalled" and "shocked" by such behavior.

After the media blitz, the acts are forgotten and no one is arrested or charged.

In big events these police agents collect together and call themselves Blackbloc.