Thursday, July 28, 2011

What Carmageddon taught us about behavioral economics | MNN - Mother Nature Network

What Carmageddon taught us about behavioral economics | MNN - Mother Nature Network: "Our car-centered commuter culture is a case of the endowment effect writ large, at metropolis scale, across a century of transportation convenience. There is, without question, some real value in owning a car. There’s true freedom in being able to hop behind the wheel and just go. But the costs are at least as huge — fuel bills, pollution, sprawl, oil addiction, traffic fatalaties at a routine pace that would amount to an actual catastrophe if we treated them as anything other than the necessary cost of keeping us motoring. And our sense of the scale of our loss, should anything challenge our car-centered world order or change its priorities, is far beyond what actually occurs."

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Anti-Sprawl Group Calls SD Transportation Plan 'Disastrous' |

Anti-Sprawl Group Calls SD Transportation Plan 'Disastrous' | "San Diego’s Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) today drew fire from a group that called it illegal and environmentally disastrous. The Cleveland National Forest Foundation also offered an alternative plan that would implement all the mass-transit proposals in the 40-year RTP during the coming 10 years."

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Friday, July 22, 2011

Metrolink has record ridership during I-405 closure - Railway Track and Structures

Metrolink has record ridership during I-405 closure - Railway Track and Structures: "With almost 20,000 boardings over the weekend, Metrolink experienced the highest weekend ridership it has seen in its 19-year history. This weekend's numbers are almost 50 percent higher than the same weekend last year and 10 percent higher than the previous weekend record set when Metrolink offered train service to and from the U2 concert in Anaheim.

'The availability of public transportation during the closure of I-405 played a significant part in the increases, but there are other factors as well. The popularity of the $10 Weekend Pass and the beach trains between San Bernardino and San Clemente, all make a difference,' said Richard Katz, Metrolink board chair.


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

No fare? You die.

Mike King: A Life Worth Less Than Train Fare: "Another young, unarmed black man, Kenneth Harding, has been gunned down, shot numerous times in the back as he fled, his empty hands in the air in broad daylight. His crime had been a simple train fare evasion for which San Francisco police executed him in the street."

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Streetsblog San Francisco » Mica Transpo Bill Would Have Dire Impact on California Transit

Streetsblog San Francisco » Mica Transpo Bill Would Have Dire Impact on California Transit: "Public transit programs in California could take a $468 million annual hit under the proposed transportation bill unveiled last week by Rep. John Mica (R-FL). The Mica plan would also potentially result in the loss of 17,565 annual jobs, according to an analysis [pdf] by Transportation for America. Overall, T4A predicts the scaled-down bill would result in a 37 percent reduction in federal investments in public transportation when compared to current levels."

Monday, July 11, 2011

#Carmageddon -- free #transit to the rescue

Metro to beef up mass transit for Carmageddon | "The free rides and extra services begin in the San Fernando Valley, where riders can park for free when they hop on the Orange Line. That will take them over to North Hollywood and its Red Line subway - also free - which then connects to the Purple Line subway. That will take riders to the Wilshire Boulevard and Western Avenue station in Koreatown, and at that point they can take Metro bus lines on key routes in L.A. to get to the Westside for free."

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Bus cuts hurts workers most

Bus Riders Union featured in New York Times | The Labor Community Strategy Center: "On Monday, July 4th, the New York Times featured a story on the front of their National section that highlighted the impacts of service cuts on riders. 'People are going to be paying more for less service', said Esperanza Martinez, Lead Organizer of the Bus Riders Union."

Sunday, July 3, 2011

San Francisco group pushing to make Muni system free |

San Francisco group pushing to make Muni system free | "SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A San Francisco community group is trying to push the idea of a free Muni system.

On Monday, the group called 'Power' will ask riders at Mission and Geneva whether they would like Muni to be free."