Friday, October 16, 2015

Need for expanded bus service in Salem is "undeniable"

The Lund Report: "The editors called the absence of weekend service in the state capital "reprehensible" and the need "undeniable." Beyond the tri-county Portland metro area, Eugene, Bend, Corvallis, Albany, even Tillamook and Newport all have weekend bus service -- but not Salem."

Friday, October 9, 2015

Workers can't afford TOD housing

King County just bought 286 apartments near public transit to keep them affordable - Puget Sound Business Journal: "“As rents in the region continue to rise, lower- and moderate-wage working families are increasingly being priced out of housing with easy access to mass transit," said Stephen Norman, executive director of the housing authority. "Purchasing existing housing along emerging transit corridors is the most cost-effective way of ensuring that these families have continued access to light rail, providing connections to healthcare, education and employment opportunities, and reduced commuting costs.""
TOD sounds good, but is not a solution. The solution is to stop subsidizing cars. Make buses free, and with the savings on externalities, there will be plenty of money to provide housing.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Want a change in driving habits in Seattle? Make buses fare-free

GeekWire: "“We’re geographically constrained in terms of auto capacity we can add to the network,” Seattle Transportation Director Scott Kubly told Next City. “If we’re going to continue to grow, we need to use our streets more efficiently.”"

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Fare-free system reduces boarding time "One factor that frequently came up was the concept of "dwell time," or how long it takes for a single passenger to board successfully. During her presentation, Rhine showed a short video featuring footage of a bus with a fare system and one without. The dwell time was significantly longer for the fare system — over 40 seconds, four passengers entered the fare bus compared with 15 entering under fare-free. The research showed that introducing a fare increases dwell time by 1.5 seconds per passenger."

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Supply-side protest will fail "U.S. Coast Guard detained two dozen protesters who formed a blockade with kayaks and other vessels Monday to try to stop Royal Dutch Shell's drill rig as it left Seattle on its way to explore for oil in the Arctic Ocean."
The fossil-fuel industry is happy to see activist time and energy wasted on supply-side protest. These protests will fail. Demand drives the economy, not supply. As long as there are millions believing in the promise of car-dependent sprawl living, the fossil-fuel industry will win all battles and the war. 

Monday, June 8, 2015

Cars too expensive in time and money "While it might be convenient to have that sedan waiting for you in the driveway, the frequent trips to the gas station, mechanic's shop, car wash and DMV are anything but. Add to that the hours per week you spend sitting in rush-hour traffic and you might be surprised at how much time you're wasting on that "convenient" car.

And then there are the expenses. You already knew what you'd be paying each month when you signed that five-year auto loan, but that's just where your vehicle expenses start. Add to that the costs of gas, insurance, registration, tires, oil changes and general maintenance and you've got a much larger figure. According to Consumer Reports, the true cost to own an average car is more than $9,000 per year for the first five years."

Friday, May 29, 2015

Portland parents launch national Vision Zero PAC to push 'traffic violence apologists' out of office "“When we moved back to Portland two years ago, we were excited to ditch our cars and raise our family primarily using human powered transportation,” Subach, who also volunteers as social media coordinator for the local group Better Block PDX, wrote in an email Monday. “We discovered that Portland is selling a package of goods that it can’t deliver. People continue to get hurt and killed crossing streets. Parents who bike their kids to elementary school have to seek out support from other people driving cars and riding bikes so that they don’t get aggressively passed riding on the Clinton neighborhood greenway. We ride our bikes with our daughter to and from school on the Going Street neighborhood greenway, and every single time we are out there a car runs a stop sign, or blasts down the street, because Portland politicians don’t have the will to make the streets safe for all users.”"