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. "

Thursday, September 22, 2016

More hope for #publictransit in Sacramento

The Sacramento Bee: "Corless lauded SACOG for its groundbreaking work over the last 15 years in connecting transportation and land use planning, and for its focus on promoting walkable, transit-oriented and compact development."

Monday, September 19, 2016

Growth advocates see the benefits of #publictrransit

Sacramento Bee: "Steinberg said that the $3.6 billion in revenue expected from Measure B is vital to economic development both for the city and region, and also plays into livability and environmental goals for the growing downtown area – where popularizing public transportation has become a key objective.
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If Measure B passes, 70 percent of revenue would go to road projects such as repaving streets and filling potholes. Others would include new interchanges, widening roads, and bike and pedestrian improvements.

Thirty percent of Measure B revenue would go to public transit, including Sacramento Regional Transit, which operates buses and light-rail trains."

Friday, September 16, 2016

Private bus lines growing fast, providing apartheid public transportation

34,000 Passengers Per Day: Bay Area Shuttle Buses, By The Numbers: SFist: "

  • 35: The number of shuttle service providers in the Bay Area
  • 473: The total number of shuttle buses among those providers in 2012
  • 765: The total number of shuttle buses among those providers by 2014
  • 804: The daily number round trips those buses made in 2014
  • 6.6 million: The total number of passengers that shuttles carried in 2012
  • 9.6 million: The total number of passengers that shuttles carried by 2014
  • 18 thousand: The number of passengers shuttle buses carried per day in 2012
  • 34 thousand: The number of passengers shuttle buses carried per day by 2014
  • 16 million: The number of miles shuttle buses covered in 2012
  • 25 million: The number of miles shuttle buses covered by 2014
  • 2 million: An estimated number for single-passenger automobile trips avoided by shuttle use
  • 7th: The rank, in terms of size in Bay Area Transit, shuttles would collectively occupy in terms of ridership — if they were treated as a single system."

Friday, August 26, 2016

More #sprawl subsidy - taxpayers to pay for "far-flung" living

Bay Area transit system to subsidize Uber, Lyft rides - Mercury News: "The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority, which operates Wheels, said the one-year pilot project could help pave the way for changes in how public transit agencies in the United States serve suburban areas hampered by far-flung bus routes, few riders and little money from fares."

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Contra Costa sprawl choking county budget. #autosprawlsubsidy

ContraCostaTimes: "The board's unanimous action came as a relief to the Contra Costa Transportation Authority, which has been working for more than a year on a half-percent sales tax measure that would generate $2.3 billion over 25 years for road and transit projects."

Thursday, October 8, 2015

The drought is so bad in one California town that restaurants can’t wash dishes

Washington Post: "The emergency protocols bar restaurants from washing their dishes, force them to cut down on laundering napkins and tablecloths and require that water only be served to customers who ask for it. In addition, residents aren’t allowed to water their yards, wash their cars or wash any paved surfaces or buildings with city water."