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."

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Free transit for Wasatch Front is an idea worth pursuing

Editorial: The Salt Lake Tribune: "Looked at holistically, it would be in the overall best interest of a great many people if it were free to ride the buses and TRAX trains that now serve the area, plus many more. It would help working-class people get around, reduce wear and tear on city, county and state roads, reduce and delay the need for major renovations or whole new highways and, most important of all in these parts, ease air pollution.

Adding up all those potential benefits could well produce an equation proving that it would make sense for area taxpayers — even those who never sit in a UTA seat — to fork over enough in tax subsidies to make transit a free service.

It would require a very broadly cast cost-benefit analysis that would include the value of highways not widened, potholes not filled, work and school days not missed, red air days not suffered through and heart attacks not occurring.

Also figured in would be the forgone expenses now associated with collecting fares, enforcing the rules and handling all that cash. But a free transit system has, at least in theory, so many benefits to so many people that we would be foolish in the extreme not to give it a very hard look."

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Everything is two-tiered in US, #publictransit no exception

The Stranger: "The Transit Riders Union (TRU), a five-year-old organization that focuses on one of the most important democratic institutions in Seattle, public transportation, is deeply concerned that the expansion of Link and Metro's service restructuring on March 26 will establish "a second-class transit system" in Seattle. Why? Because light rail does not accept the reduced fare bus tickets that 138 social service agencies around the city provide the young, those with low or no income, and the elderly."

Saturday, February 27, 2016

American sprawl dragging everyone down into poverty. 1 in 3 households in trouble in Idaho.

News & Observer: "A new report from the United Ways of the Pacific Northwest found that more than one in three households in Idaho can tell a similar story. Adults in those homes are working, sometimes more than one job. Even if they're managing to keep their household incomes above the poverty line, they're not making enough to cover the basic cost of living in their communities.
...The report also found that many jobs are not located near affordable housing. That places a larger burden on public transportation, which also is often not adequate."

Saturday, February 20, 2016

People willing to pay more taxes from more free buses

missoulian.com: "Interestingly, 48 percent of adults supported paying more taxes or fees if the money was spent only on transportation system improvements, while 29 percent were opposed. About 19.8 percent were undecided.

Of registered voters within city limits, 52.3 percent supported paying more taxes or fees, but that support fell to 41.9 percent in county areas.

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The most popular hypothetical mechanism to pay for those improvements was a 2-cent increase per gallon of fuel, which was supported by 59.1 percent of Missoula-area residents. Maintaining and repairing existing streets and roads was the most frequently cited preferred use for the money (37.1 percent), followed by widening existing streets and roads (19.2 percent).

A small majority of Missoula-area residents, 52 percent, ranked reducing traffic congestion as the possible action that would improve the transportation system the most."