Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Driving wastes that precious resource -- your time

Mass transit fits lifestyles of the young | HeraldNet.com - Opinion columns: "When I drive, my Honda Accord provides primo telematics — streaming audio, hands-free phoning and a wealth of satellite radio channels. These things ease but don’t solve the big problems of driving: the crashing boredom and stress. And as wonderful as these media offerings can be, accessing them still distracts from the road. (We’re not talking about a radio with an on/off button.)
Time is the ultimate luxury in this age of constant communication, and driving can be a monstrous waste of it. The surge of suburb-raised adults into America’s walkable cities reflects, in large part, a growing aversion to captivity in traffic. Whether young and hip or old or poor, urbanites often don’t own a car. They need alternative means to go distances their feet won’t take them."

A Moment of Truth for Metro Transit

Transit Riders Union: "This is the moment of truth.  Yesterday the King County Council, acting as a newly-formed Transportation Benefit District, voted to put the question to the public on April 22nd:  Should we approve a 0.1% sales tax increase and a $60 Vehicle License Fee, in order to avert massive bus service cuts later this year?  60% of this revenue would go to Metro, with cities receiving the rest.  Ballots will be mailed on April 4th.

The County Council took two actions to mitigate the regressive nature of these taxes. First, they approved a $20 rebate of the Vehicle License Fee for low-income car owners. Second, they agreed that if the ballot measure passes, the new low income reduced fare and the youth fare will be set at $1.25 instead of $1.50 for two years.

Should the Transit Riders Union launch a campaign to pass this ballot measure? This is the question before us at our upcoming Membership Meeting on Monday, March 3. Do you want a voice and a vote in this crucial decision? Then join the Transit Riders Union and be there on March 3, 6:30 – 8:30 PM at the Labor Temple Hall #6, 2800 1st Avenue."

Saturday, February 15, 2014

If buses were more frequent, parking garage not needed, says letter to editor

gazettetimes.com : "As a solution to the problem of parking availability, I see two options: build a parking garage providing more parking spaces, or increase the efficiency of public transport.

The major “cons” of constructing a parking garage are an over-crowding of public space and the degradation of our town’s natural beauty. If we were simply to increase the efficiency of our public transit, there would be no need to build this parking garage."