Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Seattle moves one step closer to free transit for all public high-school students

The Seattle Times: "The Seattle City Council moved Tuesday to give free public-transit passes to all Seattle public high-school students, shuffling around funds that voters approved in 2014 to expand bus service.

The City Council’s transportation committee approved Mayor Jenny Durkan’s proposal to spend up to $7 million a year on the ORCA Opportunity program, which would give free bus and light-rail access to students."

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Bike lanes are for cars

Seattle Bike Blog : "If there were no cars, we wouldn’t need bike lanes. Therefore, bike lanes are for cars."

Friday, May 25, 2018

Free buses cheaper than parking

Next City : "“It is actually cheaper in the long run for [the university] to make transit free for employees than building more parking,” said Rosalie Ray, a Columbia University PhD student and contributing author of “Free Public Transit: And Why We Don’t Pay to Ride Elevators,” at a May 21 launch party in Seattle for the newly published book."

Monday, March 12, 2018

The kindness of bus drivers

buschick : "As you probably already know, bus drivers are my version of superheroes. I am consistently awed by their kindness and humor and professionalism. (And yeah, I have had more than a few bus crushes on drivers.) Here are a couple of recent examples of the goodness they add to my life."

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Putting rail on top of #autosprawl creates division

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

UW expansion critic calls for #freetransit

Groups want changes to UW expansion plan | KOMO: "Another sticking point for petitioners is the impact the campus’ growth could have on the community. Laslett is calling for free public transit passes to minimize the gridlock."

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

#Freetransit cleaned the air and made Portland a #publictransit city "TriMet started Fareless Square in 1975 in response to the federal Clean Air Act. The idea was that offering free public transportation in downtown Portland would cut down on carbon monoxide in Portland.

It worked. In 2008, TriMet said carbon monoxide was no longer a pollution problem in downtown Portland.

TriMet also saw a huge jump in ridership as Portlanders began to adopt a consistent use of public transportation, leading to the city’s status as a center for public transit today."