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 | dailyrecordnews.com: "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.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Boise bus terminal will connect buses, cyclists, and pedestrians

kivitv: "With plenty of features to note like the public restrooms, a bike storage area (fees apply), along with a bike repair station and a Boise Police satellite office, perhaps, the customer service windows will be most helpful in transitioning to the new, underground system.

Monitors are even set up so you can track your bus route."

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Missoula MT fare-free public transit continues rapid growth

KPAX.com: "Projections made three years ago had our population at 116,000 and those same projections estimate the number to rise to 150,000 in the next decade.

The influx of students at the University of Montana -- as well as at the new Missoula College -- further increases demand on public transportation.

"Our ridership demand, and the demand for transit, continues to rise. And that's been a trend that we've been seeing for the better part of a decade. Looking out several years, public transportation will continue to grow and continue to be a success in Missoula," UM Office of Transportation Director Jordan Hess said."

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Utah Transit Authority starts new, free Davis County trolley service

standard.net : "On Aug. 14, the Utah Transit Authority launched its Midtown Trolley service — a free bus route that runs between the Clearfield and Layton FrontRunner stations and serves nearby hotels and restaurants, the Layton Hills Mall, the Davis Hospital and Medical Center, the Tanner Clinic, the Utah Department of Workforce Services and the Davis Conference Center."