Monday, September 26, 2016

Don't ferry public money to those who need it least

Crain's New York Business: "There are better, more targeted ways of helping average folks. Resources 
should be spent on addressing the transportation deserts where dollar vans operate, improving intra-borough travel. After all, the outer boroughs have more residents commuting within them than to Manhattan, according to the Regional Plan Association.

New Yorkers have urgent public transportation needs, but subsidizing boat rides for tourists and mostly higher-income people living along the East River will exacerbate the city’s inequality, not reverse it."

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Glens Falls, NY, cars have death grip on US public, more pain to come "A proposal to remove funding from the federal gas tax for public transit systems, such as those that operate in Glens Falls and Watertown, has resurfaced in the Republican presidential platform."

Friday, July 15, 2016

Public Transit Riders Want Better Service, Not Free WiFi

WIRED: "TransitCenter asked more than 3,000 online respondents from 17 regions across the country what sorts of upgrades they’d like to see on their commutes, with choices like free Wi-Fi, outlets, more frequent service, faster travel times, cheaper fares, robust shelters built for bad weather, and updates on when their bus would arrive.


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They ranked perks like outlets and Wi-Fi dead last. Even tap-and-go fare cards, a relatively low-tech update many agencies are racing to implement, landed near the bottom of the pile. Surprise—people care more about reliability and practicality than frills."

Monday, July 11, 2016

Move more people with less fuel

The Buffalo News: "Millions of Americans today utilize various public transportation alternatives. They include local and express bus, ferry, jitney, light rail, subway and commuter rail services. All of these systems use less fuel and move far more people than conventional single-occupancy vehicles. Most of these systems are funded with your tax dollars thanks to Johnson.

Depending upon where you live, consider the public transportation alternative. Try riding an NFTA bus or light rail vehicle. The ability to travel from home to workplace, school, shopping, entertainment, medical, library, etc. is a factor when moving to a new neighborhood. Economically successful communities are not 100 percent dependent on automobiles as the sole means of mobility. Seniors, students, low- and middle-income people need these transportation alternatives. Investment in public transportation today contributes to economic growth, employment and a stronger economy.

Dollar for dollar, it is one of the best investments we can make."

Saturday, June 18, 2016

People of Yates County want #publictransit "Of those surveyed, more than 400 said they would use public transportation to get to and from Penn Yan, and more than 300 said they would use it to go to Geneva. More than 200 said they would use it to go to Canandaigua if a route there were offered.

Yates County is one of only two counties in the state without public transportation. The plan would see Arc of Yates provide public transit along five routes that would go from Penn Yan to Dundee, Dresden, Rushville, Naples and Geneva."

Monday, April 25, 2016

Subways are very expensive, but if we didn't have cars in the city, we would not need them.

One day, 624 Delays (New York Mag) | A post-automobile world?: "Money is naturally behind all the system’s shortcomings. Last year, after the MTA leadership declared a funding crisis, the city committed a record $2.5 billion to the agency’s capital plan, and the state committed $8.3 billion. Even with that new $29 billion budget, only 68 percent of stations will have countdown clocks by 2020."

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Car-loving NY governor gets some push-back

Spotlight News : "“The Assembly’s investment in transportation finally provides funding for all users of the road, whether they are a pedestrian, a user of public transit, or a motorist,” said Assemblymember Patricia A. Fahy (D-Albany). “This unprecedented appropriation for pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure improvements will make an incredible impact of the lives of all New Yorkers.”"

Monday, March 28, 2016

Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus offering employees free bus/rail passes

The Buffalo News: "The Medical Campus has launched the “Try Transit” program, an initiative designed to promote bus and rail use among employees. It will provide free NFTA-Metro passes to employees who have not tried local public transportation before.

Try Transit is part of a larger GO BNMC program, which encourages alternative transportation such as public transit, carpooling, biking and walking. It has also worked to make sure the medical campus’s infrastructure is friendly to alternative modes of transport."

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Citywide car-free day in New York City is ‘great idea’ but requires planning, expert says

Metro: "For the city that never sleeps, going a full day without cars on the road may seem like an out-of-this-world plan, but according to one transportation expert, the idea is possible — it just needs a little more planning.

On Wednesday, Councilman and Transportation Committee Chair Ydanis Rodriguez announced the launch of the first Car Free NYC to be held on Earth Day, the New York Daily News reported."

Monday, March 14, 2016

People can't get to work in Rochester, NY, area.

Boost public transit aid: "An example of how that investment will pay off can be seen in the more than 9,000 employees in Monroe, Livingston, Ontario and Seneca counties that we are currently unable to serve because their employers have staffing hours that don’t match our route schedules or locations that fall outside our service area.

These companies face employee recruitment and retainment challenges, and having the necessary funds to expand our services to these companies will help provide stability for the employers and employees."

Friday, March 11, 2016

An efficient, unbureaucratic way to fight poverty -- #freetransit

Can better public transit curb inequality in Rochester?: "“We’ve done a good job identifying the problem," said Maureen Duggan, executive director for the Community Design Center. "Now we really need to see what we can do to identify some solutions, to move the needle on poverty.”"

Friday, March 4, 2016

Sprawl pain in Rochester - #publictransit is the medicine needed : "Reconnect Rochester president Mike Governale said less than one-third of jobs in the Rochester area are accessible within a 90-minute trip using public transit.

“The unfortunate reality is that we’re caught in a vicious circle where the people who we’d like to convince to ride public transit choose not to because the system is underfunded,” he said, in a statement. “Meanwhile, those who have no other choice—the people who rely on transit—are being underserved and falling deeper into poverty.”"

Thursday, March 3, 2016

New York City residents are the "greenest Americans"

Simon Jenkins | Opinion | The Guardian: "It is modern cities, not Stevens’ countryside, that are truly green, efficient, potentially healthy places. He should read the American environmentalist Ed Glaeser, who points out that the greenest Americans live in Manhattan. They walk a lot, share energy and live in easy reach of jobs, shops and services. “Those who move out to leafy, low-density suburbs,” he says, “leave a significantly deeper carbon footprint than Americans who live cheek by jowl.”"

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."

'via Blog this'

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."