Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Tars sands equipment represents fragility and high-risk of oil investment "The second of three megaloads in the current series is parked in Pendleton until after Christmas, when it's scheduled to resume its journey to Canada's tar sands. The truck, trailer and cargo are 350 feet long and weigh 804,000 pounds. (Trip Jennings/Portland Rising Tide)"

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Mitigating #autosprawl in Helena, MT

SAVE Transit: "green infrastructure such as bike lanes, street trees, and bioswales and rain gardens to manage runoff. These alternatives have potential to stimulate economic growth(street trees and a more enjoyable pedestrian realm), save money buy utilizing natural systems instead of more expensive grey infrastructure, improve public safety, and protect natural resources."

Letter to

This year, I have had the honor of serving as an AmeriCorps Volunteer in Service to America alleviating poverty in Montana. My position has been with the SAVE Foundation in Helena. I have had the opportunity to build community through partnerships and engagements in public transit and accessible biking and walking. In this role, I experienced how essential these aspects are to everyone’s ability to be part of a healthy community, not just those with the greatest needs who VISTAs serve most.

My experience has revealed how public transportation is essential in empowering our growing senior population to age in place, as they become unable to drive. As Montana continues to grow, transit will be helpful for spending less time in traffic and more in the mountains.

I have seen that bikes are not just for the fearless and the brave cyclists, but also as means of genuine transportation for children to get to school and peoples’ ability to stay fit.

I’d like to thank this community and all the VISTAs serving across the state. I encourage any recent college graduate to spend a year serving America, especially in Montana. Learn about my experience at

Matthew Cramer,

AmeriCorps VISTA,

multimodal transportation coordinator,

SAVE Foundation,


Friday, December 13, 2013

Green Sports and Transportation: The Elephant in the Room

Wharton Penn : "The biggest carbon impact of sports events typically comes from fans getting to and from the game, a factor that teams and leagues can only influence, not control. The Portland Trail Blazers estimate that energy used by the arena is responsible for 24% of its carbon footprint, while 73% is related to transportation: Attendee commuting totals 58%, employee commuting is 11% and business travel accounts for 4%."

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Expanded public transportation would be good for the city

Wyoming Daily Newspaper: "I understand that financing a bus line has the potential to be very costly initially and that the public might be reluctant to put money in a project like this. Long-term, though, a public transportation system has the potential of saving the people of Riverton money on gasoline, less congested streets and parking, and less associated repair on streets. It could create jobs, and it could make Riverton more enticing for newcomers and visitors alike."

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