Thursday, March 23, 2017

#Autosprawl v #publictransit - war heats up

Transportation leaders: We'll fight to save Bay Area transit projects from Trump cuts: "March 18--As the dust settles on President Donald Trump's proposed cuts to critical transportation funding, Bay Area leaders are calling the plan hypocritical in light of the administration's frequently touted but as yet unseen $1 trillion infrastructure spending plan."

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Our search for economic growth invites fraud

Resource Insights: "In his book The End of Normal economist James Galbraith makes a compelling case that our search for a return to the fast rate of economic growth experienced in the United States from 1945 to 1970 has led to fraud--fraud enabled by government actions that sought to "free the economy" from the shackles of "overregulation" and update the regulatory framework to meet "new challenges" such as globalization."

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Predictions by #climate "alarmists" are now true

The New York Times: "The juxtaposition of five years of hot, dry conditions followed by more rain than reservoirs can store may seem incongruous. However, this is exactly what climate scientists have predicted for California since at least the 1980s: protracted periods of warm, dry conditions punctuated by intense wet spells, with more rain and less snow, causing both drought and floods. Recent work from my lab shows that in fact this pattern is already emerging, with the conditions that create extremely warm dry years and extremely wet years both becoming more frequent."

Friday, February 3, 2017

Senator Scott Wiener - geometry of more cars just doesn't work

Streetsblog California: "“We need a significant increase in transportation investment in California, period,” he said. “For transit, for roads, for bike, pedestrian—everything. But specifically we have to make sure we’re supporting transit.”

“All too frequently in Sacramento, once transportation funding moves forward it’s overwhelmingly for roads, with very little for public transportation.” That needs to change, he said. Transit “shouldn’t have to beg” for funds to operate.
...“We can’t have more and more cars on the road; the geometry does not work. It’s miserable for everyone, including drivers. It’s in everyone’s interest to have a massive expansion of public transportation, in our urbanized areas in particular.”"

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

California’s transportation funding package must do more for public transportation

The Sacramento Bee: "Our state’s failure to invest in public transportation has led to major problems. Residents face perpetual gridlock. Our highways, bridges and surface streets are becoming borderline non-functional, particularly during commute hours. The public transportation systems we have serve too few communities and have insufficient resources to maintain a state of good repair and expand service."

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

California to throw more good money into #autosprawl hole?

Frazier Introduces New Transportation Funding Bill, Includes Gas Tax and Fee Increases | East County Today: "“My commitment to passing a comprehensive funding plan that addresses California’s failing transportation system will not waiver,” stated Assemblymember Frazier. “This proposal dedicates billions to road and highway repairs that our state so desperately needs while also creating tens of thousands of good paying jobs.”"

Friday, November 11, 2016

California voters approve many $billions for #publictransit

Mass Transit: "California will see the biggest impact. Voters in the state approved 15 of 26 transportation ballot measures worth $133 billion, including a 1 cent sales tax in Los Angeles that will provide $120 billion over 40 years for local road, bridge and transit projects. The California measures had to muster at least a two-thirds "super majority" vote to pass—10 of the measures that failed received over 50 percent of the vote, but did not reach that threshold. California voters also rejected a statewide measure that would have required any public infrastructure bond over $2 billion to go on the ballot for voter approval. "