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Tag Archives: Public Transit

March 12, 2017
One Simple Solution To BART’s Deficit
Systemic Failure

BART needs to close a $25-$35 million shortfall in its operating budget. The media blames the deficit on overpaid janitors, while staff is proposing a menu of fare increases. But there’s one simple solution to its finance problem.

What Influences Satisfaction, Loyalty in Transit?
Transport Reviews (abstract)

Public transport ridership retention is a challenge for many cities. To develop comprehensive strategies aimed at retaining riders, it is necessary to understand the aspects of public transport that influence users to become loyal to the system.

March 9, 2017
Dakota County to Twin Cities Transit Board: Don’t Drop Dead
Minnpost

It turns out that breaking up is hard to do, at least for the Counties Transit Improvement Board, the five-county agency that is a major funder of mass transit in the Twin Cities and was recently slated for a breakup. Now they might not dissolve themselves after all.

March 8, 2017
S.F. Transbay Center Daunted By Operating Budget
SFist

The future of the over-budget and oversize $2.5 billion Transbay Transit Center is a fearful topic for the Chronicle’s Matier and Ross, with the twinning mustache journalists writing that a major operating budget has officials “scrambling.”

Why Cities Are Starting to Decriminalize Fare Evasion
Streetsblog U.S.A.

If you’re under 18 in California, jumping the turnstile can no longer saddle you with a criminal record. Last year, the state decriminalized transit fare evasion for minors, meaning young people can be fined but not charged with a misdemeanor.

March 7, 2017
Seattle Times Editorial Board Flunks Geometry
Seattle Transit Blog

The Seattle Times’s core request on its latest editorial — to provide so much capacity for car traffic that a complete closure of I-5 would have little effect on car travel times — is geometrically impossible.

MA Governor Not Pursuing Boston’s Best Transit Bet
Streetsblog U.S.A.

When it comes to transit, popular Governor Charlie Baker’s spending priorities are not consistent with his pragmatic persona. His decisions regarding Boston-area transit projects appear rooted in political image-making rather than economic criteria.

March 6, 2017
Failed Experiment May Be The Future Of Transit
Wired

Brining Bridj to Kansas City seemed like a no-brainer to transit officials. For just $1.50, anyone could use an app to summon a ride downtown in van that would follow a route calculated on the fly by an algorithm. It flopped, so why are officials calling it a success?

There’s No Solution To D.C.’s Congestion
Washington Post

Every once in a while — and perhaps especially now, if we’re really going to talk about a trillion-dollar infrastructure program — we need to revisit the basics: “This is probably a column-length question, but what are the solutions to traffic congestion in the D.C. region?”

March 2, 2017
WA Lawmakers Want to Reduce ST3 Transit Taxes
The News Tribune

State lawmakers have been getting an earful in recent weeks about the cost of Sound Transit 3, the $54 billion transit package King and Snohomish county voters approved in November.

Parking Fixation Threatens Atlanta’s Transit Progress
Streetsblog U.S.A.

Atlanta’s reworked zoning code has the potential to foster a more equitable, transit-oriented pattern of growth, where more people can get where they need to go without owning a car — but only if officials encourage compact development and reduce parking requirements.

Can DART Be Saved From Itself?
D Magazine

One of DART’s founders, Walt Humann, defends the agency against a potential financing raid. But is the public transit system worth saving?

The Urban Transit Evolution
EIU Perspectives

How can city leaders overcome urban mobility challenges and traffic congestion to transform transport infrastructure for the future?

March 1, 2017
How To Fix D.C. Metro’s Funding Problems
Greater Greater Washington

Last week I asked the question: “What do we want WMATA to do?” I argued that we should want WMATA to be what it was originally conceived as: a regional platform for planning, developing, and sponsoring public transportation. But how do we its fix the funding problems?

Transforming Manchester’s Public Transit
Information Age

Cisco and partners have today announced they have been awarded a grant from InnovateUK to enable demand-based public transport services in Greater Manchester.

February 28, 2017
Austin Approves Transit System Overhaul
Capital MetroBlog

Capital Metro’s board of directors today approved the agency’s Connections 2025 draft transit plan, allowing the agency to move forward with a bold, new vision for its transit system. Their goal is creating a more frequent, reliable and connected network of services.

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