Friday, April 28, 2017

Trump’s transportation cuts will hurt communities

HeraldNet: "Increase traffic congestion. Traffic congestion already costs our nation an estimated $160 billion annually in lost time and fuel, and it will only get worse without public transit investments."
Letter points out that Trump's trillion dollar "infrastructure" plan doesn't make sense if congestion is just going to get worse. To answer, the plan is just a giveaway to domestic and foreign private interests, so there will be a lot of "fixing," but not much repairing.

One could add that if making all current urban buses fare-free could save 20% on congestion alone, it would pay for itself.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Anchorage - #autosprawl meltdown, people begging for buses

The Echo News: "One woman who shared she is disabled and whose name was difficult to hear without microphones, related that she will have to walk a half a mile more. Another person related that the new routes will cause her to walk further, but with the winter condition of the city sidewalks, she’ll be walking in the street as she already has to walk on top of sidewalks covered with tall piles of snow."