Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Bay Area gets $45 million for new buses

With transit investments, a surge of dividends across America - Welcome to the FastLane: The Official Blog of the U.S. Secretary of Transportation: "And in California, FTA Deputy Administrator Therese McMillan was in the Bay Area where transit providers are receiving more than $45 million. Projects range from replacing old buses that have logged hundreds of thousands of miles over many years with clean, fuel-efficient vehicles to upgrading bus service as part of MUNI’s Rapid Network."

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

There can be no peaceful coexistence with the private auto. It must be put in the dustbin of history.

Driver Plows Through Bike Corral at Duboce and Valencia, Injuring Man | Streetsblog San Francisco: "A car driver plowed through a bike corral on Saturday in front of Zeitgeist, a bar on the corner of Duboce Avenue and Valencia Street. The driver reportedly stopped and cooperated with police after crashing through 10 of the 11 curbside bike racks, breaking a man’s leg, and wrecking at least a dozen parked bikes, according to the Uptown Almanac, which posted photos of the carnage."

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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Free Transit allows all citizens to be engaged in life of the city

Does Public Transportation Match Community Wishlist of Services? - San Jose Inside: "But if the city is being asked to provide transportation for seniors to community centers, why not expand this to libraries as well? Libraries offer social engagement and lifelong learning. Perhaps we should promote the value of fresh air and open space with daily transportation to Alum Rock Park.

We also have youth under 16 that are unable to drive and they certainly would benefit from free transportation to parks, libraries and community centers. In some communities, youth get free bus rides with a library card.

Allowing residents to access their government in person is another shared value. Perhaps providing free transportation to City Hall for the many public meetings occurring Monday through Friday?"

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Monday, July 2, 2012

Why is there no money for social capital investment? Where did it go?

Rolling Stone Mobile - Politics - Politics: A Huge Break in the LIBOR Banking Investigation: "A sizable chunk of the world's adjustable-rate investment vehicles are pegged to Libor, and here we have evidence that banks were tweaking the rate downward to massage their own derivatives positions. The consequences for this boggle the mind. For instance, almost every city and town in America has investment holdings tied to Libor. If banks were artificially lowering the rates to beef up their trading profiles, that means communities all over the world were cheated out of ungodly amounts of money."

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