Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Move to the city, make it better.

The Secret to Seattle's Booming Downtown - Jobs & Economy - The Atlantic Cities: "It wasn't always like this. As Talton explains, Seattle's downtown went through some rocky times in the 1960s and 1970s. "Seattle nearly killed its downtown with suburban malls and Le Corbusier-style arid building," he tells us via email.

But, unlike other cities, Talton says Seattle never allowed its urban core to collapse. "Stewards with capital coming back, for example reviving downtown retail in the 1990s, and enhancing transit and rail service, and building all its stadiums downtown, and linking nearby South Lake Union to downtown with a streetcar," he writes. "It also invested in saving Pike Place Market. Now Seattle has to keep the momentum going while continuing to preserve historic buildings and street life.""

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Friday, March 16, 2012

Transit Ridership Numbers Up in Idaho

Transit Ridership Numbers Up in Idaho: "Boise, Idaho, 3/14/2012 — The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) released national transit ridership numbers this week indicating the second highest annual ridership since 1957.  In Idaho, ridership has increased consistently and averaged a jump of 9.3% from 2009 to 2011, as reported by the Idaho Transportation Department – Division of Transportation Performance.

Looking at 2011, Idaho’s 2.7% increase from 2010 is greater than the one year national average increase of 2.3%. “There is no doubt the need for public transit continues to grow,” said Heather Wheeler, CTAI Executive Director, “and as gas prices increase, ridership will rise even more.”"

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Chamber suggests summer trolleys - Whitefish Pilot: Whitefish Pilot: whitefish, chamber of commerce,

Chamber suggests summer trolleys - Whitefish Pilot: Whitefish Pilot: whitefish, chamber of commerce,: "Whitefish’s Chamber of Commerce is interested in exploring the idea of creating a summer transit loop similar to what the SNOW bus offers in the winter. The chamber presented the idea to city council March 5 during their annual joint work session.
The free public transit system would utilize two trolleys that make a one-hour loop around town, including stops at destination points such as Central Avenue, major residential areas and lodges. It was suggested a trolley could go to Big Mountain three or four times a day. The trolleys would run from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m."

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