Friday, December 4, 2015

$1,975 / year tax for #autosprawl, we could have #freetransit for $250

citylab : "The 2014 column shows existing fees, which total $1,975 a year for the average household. (Again, these are averages; individual household payments will vary widely.) The 2016-2017 column shows what the fees will be when some new legislation kicks in (such as the Move Seattle plan that passed earlier this month), and assuming another measure set for next fall also gets approved. These amount to $2,762 a year, a 40 percent rise over current spending."

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

US people want #publictransit, US Congress does not

Letter: Congress should be all in on public transit | The Salt Lake Tribune: "Congress needs to make public transit the priority it should be by passing a long-term transportation bill with increased investment in public transit. And they should do it this year, while there is still time. Our economy, environment and quality of life are all at stake. Voters are watching what they do on this important issue. I hope our members of Congress have the courage to set us on a better course when it comes to transportation in America.

Greg Hogan

Salt Lake City

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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

news.hjnews.com: "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

Occupy.com: "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.