Monday, November 16, 2015

Oil industry trolls in congress stage another attack on #publictransit

Union looks to save public transit fund for Northeast cities | TheHill: "The ATU's Hanley echoed that sentiment on Thursday, saying that "the seven Northeast states that have received 'high density' money since 2005 likely transport the majority of transit riders in America on a daily basis — New York alone has one-third.""

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Councilman wants to remove almost a half-million cars from NYC

New York Post: "City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez said on Monday that he wants to reduce the number of Big Apple cars by 400,000 in an ambitious attempt to reduce traffic deaths and improve public transportation."

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Public transportation can ease parking woes

Letter The Buffalo News: "Increased use of public transportation in the area can help to resolve issues like those the residents of the Fruit Belt face. It is critical that alternatives to automobile parking on the campus be rapidly developed and promoted. The Allen-Medical Campus Rail Station, as an example, is an integral part of the campus and should be better leveraged to reduce parking demand."

Monday, August 24, 2015

"Plan for cars, you get traffic": Why de Blasio would be wrong to depedestrianise Times Square

CityMetric: "Times Square will continue to be a tourist destination, and forcing pedestrians back onto narrow sidewalks is a recipe for certain danger and disaster."

Friday, June 19, 2015

Commuters Give Up Cars and Warm Up to Public Transportation

WXXI News: "Hodges says her co-workers pay more than $100 a month to park downtown.  She also likes the social aspect of public transportation. She has met people on the bus from her firm and other companies.

“It’s kind of neat how we look out for each other. If somebody hasn’t been on the bus for a few days people start asking around. Or if someone hasn’t been on the bus and they come back people ask, ‘Were you on vacation? Were you sick?’ "

There won't be an official tally on the number of people taking the ROC Transit Day challenge. Organizers say they handed out a thousand free bus fare cards. People who take them don't always use them."

Why New York City should ban cars

Business Insider: "New York City should ban all personal cars from not just the park, but from most of the city itself."

Monday, April 20, 2015

Auto-Free New York/vision42 Working Group Meeting: Melbourne’s Tramway Network

Streetsblog : "New York City can benefit from learning how other, more progressive cities have cut car use and enhanced their public transport systems.  An outstanding example is Melbourne, Australia which has a tramway system that’s a model for NYC and other U.S. cities. New York City dismantled its tram system, the largest in the world, in the 1930s and 1940s because Mayor La Guardia thought that streetcars got in the way of autos in the city.  Melbourne chose a different path."

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Monday, March 9, 2015

Why It Is Easy to Hate the Poor

The Stranger: "But this is to be expected, because in our society it is easy for the middle class to hate the poor—to hate their lack of money (stalling a line in a store as they count pennies for a pack of cigarettes or bottle of beer or bag of diapers or can of food), their seemingly endless run-ins with the law, their bad habits, their constant neediness. Indeed, the hatred of public transportation is intimately tied with the hatred of the poor. Middle-class types who are unfortunate enough to use the bus expose themselves to the talk, the begging, the bad health of the poor. But instead of blaming the society, they blame the form of transportation. The unpleasant practices connected with poverty thus reinforce a generalized sign system that identifies these practices not with social conditions but with individuals. Poverty is identified as a "life choice." The use of food stamps, a character flaw. You notice chicken bones under a bus seat. The hatred grows."

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Public transportation is right choice for Queens

Queens Chronicle: "If New York is serious about creating jobs and improving access to employment for hundreds of thousands of residents, it should invest in the Rockaway Beach right-of-way as a public transit option. Alleviating travel times for residents will better connect the outer borough to economic opportunity. Public transportation is the best choice for Queens."

Friday, December 19, 2014

Brooklyn Dollar Vans Offer Free Rides This Saturday "Riders, who can catch the vans by hailing them or by waiting at bus stops along the routes, will be able to win tickets to a Brooklyn Nets games if they post about the free ride with the hashtag #MetroFreeRide and everyone will get MetroPCS gift bags, organizers said. But beyond the marketing push, nothing is required of customers.

“We are just a couple of commuter vans who want to give back to the community,” Williams said."

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Albany among cities setting records in public transit ridership

timesunion : "The Capital Region is among a number of mid-size American cities seeing record levels of ridership on its public transit, the American Public Transportation Association reported Wednesday. It said that nationwide, 2.7 billion trips were taken on public transit in the third quarter, the highest level since 1974, the oldest third quarter APTA said it has available for comparison."

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Staten Island #publictransit is poor. What is the solution? ""Yes, I know, it's all but impossible. The truth is though, for a city (yes, I'll use that word here) of half a million people, it really isn't that big a deal," oxfdblue continued in his comment. "It just doesn't exist because of the poor planning and ineptitude of planners like Robert Moses who hated trains and loved cars (even though he never learned to drive).""
Capital intensive rail projects are not the answer. Make the buses fare-free and people will show you what they want.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Join Us In Improving Public Transit To Improve Our Quality of Life

Bensonhurst's News Blog: "When public transportation services are cut or reduced, the entire neighborhood suffers. But, if public transit is improved, whether by restoring previous services or adding new ones, the entire community benefits. It’s a win-win situation for everyone."

Monday, March 31, 2014

NY governor takes away dedicated #publictransit funds

Cuomo seals the deal for a $30 million transit raid :: Second Ave. Sagas: "For a little while, it appeared as though Albany would stop Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s latest raid on transit funding, but when the budgetary dust settled this past week, the status quo remained unchanged. Despite an initial plan to grab $40 million that didn’t pass the New York State Assembly or Senate, state legislators ultimately accepted a budget that diverted $30 million in transit funding the state had previously agreed to issue. With fare hikes on tap for 2015 (and every two years after that), the diversion is a stark reminder of the way Albany treats New York City’s transit riders."

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Plenty of room in Rochester, if you get rid of cars

Parking Madness: Rochester, Streetsblog USA: "Submitter Matthew Denker describes the empty heart of this grotesque parking cluster: ”It’s an intersection with surface parking at all 4 corners. There is literally no reason to have a road here when it’s just a sea of parking. Even better (worse) you can see a massive parking garage on the left edge on the same block, and if you move just a hair north, you can see a park that was cut in half by a highway. And of course the area used to be the main square of Rochester and where the town Christmas tree was raised.”"

Monday, January 27, 2014

Why Did Police Beat an Elderly Man for Jaywalking? : "84-year-old Kang Wong is recovering today from a brutal attack on the streets of New York City.
Wong’s attackers jumped him as he jaywalked across a busy street in Manhattan, threw him up against a wall, and left him with cuts all across his face that have since been sealed up with four metal staples.
The attackers then brought Wong to the nearest police station, where he was booked on charges of jaywalking and resisting arrest.
Kang Wong’s attackers, you see, were New York City cops."

Friday, January 17, 2014

There is a killer on the loose -- the private auto

De Blasio aims for zero traffic deaths with plan to halt pedestrian killings   - NY Daily News: "Eleven New Yorkers have been killed in auto crashes in 2014, including seven pedestrians. Last year, 173 pedestrians were killed in the city, and overall 286 people died in traffic accidents. The mayor’s push includes handing out more tickets to reckless drivers and lowering speed limits."

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Bus Ridership on the Rise in Rochester, NY

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Bus Ridership on the Rise | WXXI News: "More people are taking public transportation in Rochester, while the number of commuters traveling by car is down."

Saturday, December 28, 2013

NYC Subway Ridership Reaches Its Highest Levels Since 1950

Skift: "The subway system served an average of 5.4 million riders on a typical weekday in 2013. This was the highest volume served since 1950. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has used some form of rider measurement since at least 1946.

In fact, subway ridership has been on the rise for several years. Annual ridership reached a 62-year high in 2012 with 1.654 billion trips."

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

"we need to plan our cities for less cars and more public transit use" - @leahgolby

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Ticket To Ride: Albany Keen On Public Transit | WAMC: "According to the study, 76 percent of Americans are open to taking public transportation instead of driving, up from 69 percent in 2010.

Albany 10th ward Council Member Leah Golby says alternatives make sense as the population continues to grow. "The writing is on the wall and we need to plan our cities for less cars and more public transit use, more people choosing to walk and ride bicycles.""

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Convenience of fare-free rides increases ridership in Ithaca, NY

Ithaca Public Transportation: Popular, Award-winning, and Under-funded - Ithaca Times : News: "Why is ridership growing? “That’s the question of the day at TCAT,” said Turcotte.
Fernando de Aragon, the executive director of the Tompkins County Transportation Council, can martial several criteria to explain why the system is so popular.
“Cornell employees and students apparently ride free,” he said. “Of course, that’s not true; the university pays, but it makes for easy on-easy off and it’s a tremendous service. Some kids jump on just to a couple of blocks.”"

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth

@ae911truth : "This November’s “New York Times Billboard Campaign” is the perfect opportunity to get outside and educate hundreds of Times reporters and thousands of New Yorkers about the destruction of Building 7 and the need for a new 9/11 investigation."

Monday, November 4, 2013

200+ Groups Call on Governor Cuomo to Sign the Transit Lockbox Bill

Mobilizing the Region: "The Lockbox Bill (S.3837/ A.5084), sponsored by State Senator Martin Golden and Assemblyman James F. Brennan, unanimously passed both houses of the New York State legislature in June 2013.  The bill helps to assure revenues dedicated to public transportation are spent on public transportation, not diverted to plug budgetary holes in the state’s general fund. The bill was introduced in response to the dramatic negative impacts to the economy after Governor David Paterson diverted $260 million of dedicated transit funds in 2010, at the height of the recession. This diversion contributed to the worst service cuts and fare hikes in recent memory, impacting transit riders, as well as employers and transit manufacturers across the state. This bill will protect the revenue streams of over 130 transit providers across the state."

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Monday, October 28, 2013

Commuting's Hidden Cost "“In places where people walk more, obesity rates are much lower,” she noted. “New Yorkers, perhaps the ultimate walkers, weigh six or seven pounds less on average than suburban Americans.”"

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

“Why Regional Rail Should be a Top Transport Priority for NYC’s Next Mayor”

Streetsblog New York City: "As NYC gears up to select a new Mayor, transportation issues often get lost in the sea of other important issues. Yet the Mayor has substantial power to influence public transit policy, even for services not directly under city control.  Especially important to the economy and sustainability of the city are good rail links that connect the city and its suburbs. For many years, The Institute for Rational Urban Mobility, Inc (IRUM) has been advocating making better use of the three commuter rail lines–the sleeping giant of regional mobility–that converge on the city, by remaking them into a coordinated Regional Rail system, with frequent service, integrated fares and through-running.

This month’s working group meeting will feature a presentation by George Haikalis, President of IRUM."

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