Thursday, March 27, 2014

Cuts to #publictransit will clog highways and slow economy

Seattle Times: "With all the extra traffic that would result from cuts to service, our region’s economic engine would be slowed down at the worst time possible given the current recession and with transit ridership growing to record levels. The environment, as well as commuters, would suffer from the 30,000 or more extra cars idling in the ensuing traffic jams. Everyone benefits from public transportation; whether it’s in the form of reduced traffic for commuters, reduced emissions for the environment, increased access to basic needs, or increased economic opportunity for everyone."

Monday, March 17, 2014

3 Charts: Bus Cuts Drive Riders Away

Sightline Daily: "A good part of that bump came from Sound Transit. But King County Metro’s bus ridership also grew by 3 percent last year, and it has nearly reached the record levels the agency hit in 2008 before the latest recession drove ridership numbers down.

Yet several Cascadian neighbors, namely Portland and Tacoma, haven’t had that same experience. Portland’s bus ridership remains about 10 percent lower than its pre-recession peak, and Pierce Transit’s ridership has dropped by more than 30 percent.

What’s the difference? Bus cuts."

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Know Your Rights: Civil Rights and Transit Workshop

facebook event : "TriMet is Violating Your Rights!

Riders are paying more than ever to wait in the cold for late and overcrowded buses. Even worse, TriMet recently cut an hour from weekend bus transfers and is aggressively punishing riders caught with expired fares.

Know your rights and insist that TriMet begin respecting them!

Join us for a FREE Civil Rights and Transit Workshop
Wednesday, March 19
6:00 - 7:30 PM
OPAL office
2407 SE 49th Ave.
bus lines #4, 14, 71

Then join us for a RALLY and ACTION at the TriMet Board Meeting at 8:30am on March 26.

To RSVP or for more information, call 503-342-8910 or e-mail

Also mark your RSVP by joining this Facebook event!"

Friday, March 14, 2014

That walk to the bus stop is saving your life

KMBZ: "The researchers found that walking before and immediately after a transit trip -- for example, walking to and from a bus stop -- was the main difference in physical activity between transit users and non-users.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Doorbell to Save Metro & pass Prop 1!

facebook event : "Because we have never had a countywide special election, most people don't know there's even an election next month, much less what's at stake. Join us as we go door to door to talk to voters who will help decide this election."

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

America Loves Public Transportation

Portland Mercury: "Whoever runs for president in 2016 on the Democratic side had better have a plan for improving public transit. This is a winning issue, and Democrats have mostly ignored it on the national level. It should have a prominent place in the platform next time around—not just because Americans want and need public transportation, but because it's smart politics. Forcing Republicans into an anti-transit position would be a major blow to Republican outreach in American cities, and Republicans need to win more in cities if they want to win the presidency."

Sunday, March 2, 2014