Friday, December 31, 2010

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

UC Irvine Transit Advocates

Advocating for public transit - Daily Pilot: "For UC Irvine graduate student David Weinreich, not driving in Irvine has always been a no-brainer.
...Weinreich, who is pursuing a master's degree in urban and regional planning, became involved in the issue of local public transportation when the Orange County Transportation Authority cut 150,000 bus hours in March."

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Transit Advocates of Orange County | TransitRiderOC

Transit Advocates of Orange County | TransitRiderOC: "The Transit Advocates of Orange County is an all-volunteer group that works to improve bus, rail, biking and walking in Orange County. We believe that a well-run transit system with a combination of “choice” and “dependent” riders could change the nature of traffic patterns, and therefore livability, in our county. In our 11 years, we’ve had a significant impact on OCTA bus service, including resolving some of the problems caused by the 2001 OCTA bus system restructuring. While we normally focus on improving service, the recent economic crisis has forced us to focus on retaining bus funding just to keep buses running."

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Mother nature is talking, anyone listening?

A seemingly unending deluge in southern California has turned coastal cities into lagoons and inland areas into mud pits. Within the week, some parts of the state have had its entire year’s worth of rainfall.


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Monday, December 13, 2010 » Article » L.A. Metro Cuts 9 Bus Lines, Reduces Service on Others » Article » L.A. Metro Cuts 9 Bus Lines, Reduces Service on Others: "KTLA-TV, Los Angeles

CALIFORNIA - The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is eliminating nine bus lines, and reducing service on several others, to try to deal with its huge budget deficit.

The cancellations begin Sunday, and include five Metro Rapid lines and four local lines.

The affected Metro Rapid lines are 711, 714, 715, 753 and 920.

Their service will be reallocated to other local service lines that operate along the same corridors."

Oakland Chinatown - Safety before cars » Article » Oakland Chinatown Standing Up to be Heard as Transit Development Plan Develops: "'A traffic study showed that Chinatown had the most traffic injuries and deaths of any area in the city,' said Sherry Hirota, chief executive officer of Asian Health Services, which partnered with the Chinatown Chamber of Commerce to lead the fight. 'The signals were too short and the area has one of the highest densities in the city. We practically had to have a showdown with traffic engineering. Most traffic studies are designed for cars.'

That was just the beginning of the community speaking up and making demands. If Chinatown had been viewed as the quietest wheel in a city where the squeaky wheels get the grease, those days are over. Asian-American organizations and activists have organized the community in a process that can serve as a model for communities trying to make sure city and county plans don't railroad their interests."

Friday, December 10, 2010

The Mayor of the City of Los Angeles

The Mayor of the City of Los Angeles: "New Policy Will Let Students on School-Organized Trips Ride for Free on MTA Trains and Buses during the Day

LOS ANGELES — Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa today praised the unanimous approval by the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) of a new policy that allows students on school-organized trips ride for free on MTA trains and buses during the day."