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Listen up, America: It’s time to start making mass transit free!

Listen up, America: It’s time to start making mass transit free! | Mass transit | Scoop.it
Though it might seem counterintuitive, city governments have much to gain by letting riders off the hook
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As the article notes, “free” transit, of course, is only as free as public libraries, parks and highways, which is to say that the financial burden is merely transferred from individual riders to a municipal general fund, a sales tax or local businesses and property owners. A free ride policy represents the culmination of a long shift from thinking of transit as a business sector — one that was quite profitable in its heyday — to considering it an indispensable public service."

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– Tucson Talks Transit with Jarrett Walker – Living Streets...

– Tucson Talks Transit with Jarrett Walker – Living Streets... | Mass transit | Scoop.it
LSA is delighted to be one of the partner organization hosting a public lecture with transit guru, Jarrett Walker, on July 11th. Jarrett Walker is an international consultant in public transit planning and policy, including the links between transit and all aspects of community planning and...
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Jarret Walker, author of Human Transit: How Clear Thinking about Public Transit Can Enrich Our Communities and Our Lives and blogger at HumanTransit.org, will be in Tucson on Friday, July 11, to talk about public transit planning and policy. Later this month Tucson's "modern streetcar" will begin operating.

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Statistics reveal how America bikes to work | PBS NewsHour

Statistics reveal how America bikes to work | PBS NewsHour | Mass transit | Scoop.it
The Census Bureau reports that the number of Americans who bike to work is up 60 percent in the last decade.
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HARI SREENIVASAN says, "The number of us that pedal to work is up 60% over the past decade. That’s according a new report from the Census Bureau. But it also finds something else interesting about those who have to ride to work, versus those of us who can choose to.

 

"Turns out, the poorest and the richest; least educated and most educated are the most likely to ride to work. As the Washington Post put it, “alternatives to driving in the United States are both a luxury for the well-off and a last resort for the poor.”"

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One more step towards Justice for Bus Riders

One more step towards Justice for Bus Riders | Mass transit | Scoop.it
"NOW IS NOT THE TIME"..Paul Cunningham by Jimmy Ojeda, On Monday May 12th in a room packed with bus riders, the Transit Task Force voted 5-2 to recommend to the Mayor and Council that there be no s...
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In Tucson, because of unrelenting pressure from the Bus Riders Union, changes in transit fares and routes are not simply rubber-stamped. Recently, members of the Bus Riders Union attended a meeting of the Transit Task Force and encouraged task force members to recommend that Sun-Tran hold off on service cuts until the new streetcar is up and running. This is really a people-powered struggle, and the Bus Riders Union is a grassroots group that cares deeply about public transit and the effect that cuts in fares and service can have on the lives of poor people.

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Millennials save the world: Smartphones to the rescue!

Millennials save the world: Smartphones to the rescue! | Mass transit | Scoop.it
Smartphones and the sharing economy help Americans drive less -- and an oft-derided generation is leading the way
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Young people are driving less, Andrew Leonard says. "Look at the data, and one thing jumps out: A massive generational shift. Millennials just aren’t as in love with their wheels as were their forebears. Between 2001 and 2009, the average number of miles driven by 16- to 34-year-olds dropped by 23 percent." He says that car-sharing and bike-sharing are relevant to this change, but he credits smartphones for the change and goes on to say, "But if we extrapolate forward in time, the suggestion that the technologically mediated sharing economy could have a meaningful impact on how future generations consume valuable resources is provocative. The signs of declining automobile usage we are currently seeing could be the thin end of a fascinating wedge in which smartphone efficiencies help us consume less and less stuff."

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Public can comment on PHX-TUC passenger rail, bus study | InMaricopa.com

Public can comment on PHX-TUC passenger rail, bus study | InMaricopa.com | Mass transit | Scoop.it

This study on the feasibility of a "passenger rail line or bus service between Phoenix and Tucson" is the first step in a needed transit link between these two car-dominated metro areas.

 

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Carmageddon II: The sequel - Framework - Photos and Video - Visual Storytelling from the Los Angeles Times

Carmageddon II: The sequel - Framework - Photos and Video - Visual Storytelling from the Los Angeles Times | Mass transit | Scoop.it
Construction workers were hard at work early Saturday morning demolishing a portion of the Mulholland Drive bridge along the 405 Freeway at the start of Carmageddon II, a 10-mile closure of the nation’s busiest freeway.

 

The pictures show the bleakness of the LA freeways, and the description of the complications shows why LA needs more mass transit, but I was really just looking for an excuse to use the word Carmageddon in a sentence.

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This Election Season, Americans Pony Up for Public Transportation

This Election Season, Americans Pony Up for Public Transportation | Mass transit | Scoop.it
More than a dozen transit-related initiatives will appear on local ballots in November, including a mammoth funding plan in LA that's expected to pass.Others including a measure in Orange County, N.C.

 

As gas prices soar and unemployment worsens, public transit looks like an increasingly good idea to many Americans.

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Straphanger: Saving Our Cities and Ourselves from the Automobile by Taras Grescoe - review

Straphanger: Saving Our Cities and Ourselves from the Automobile by Taras Grescoe - review | Mass transit | Scoop.it
PD Smith admires a polemical tour of the world's great underground systems...

 

Yes, the scope of this book is global but it does target car-loving North Americans, particularly in the U.S. The chapter on Phoenix is a devastating critique of suburbia, exurbia, and car-dominated cities.

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Fewer Americans commuting solo

Fewer Americans commuting solo | Mass transit | Scoop.it
The dismal economy and skyrocketing gas prices may have accomplished what years of advocacy failed to: getting more people to stop driving solo.

 

 

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Fanfare and hoopla usher streetcar into daily service

Fanfare and hoopla usher streetcar into daily service | Mass transit | Scoop.it
Thousands of Tucsonans, hundreds of dignitaries, inaugurate streetcar service.
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The streetcar opening was attended by members of the Tucson Bus Riders Union who reminded people that money for buses should not be used for streetcars. The streetcar will only represent a small fraction of public transit options in Tucson.

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Transit investments drive positive change

Transit investments drive positive change | Mass transit | Scoop.it
Effective transit and transportation solutions can spur economic productivity, protect the environment and improve quality of life. It's time to get moving.
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David Suzuki, who has done so much to encourage people to get out into the natural world, here advocates for more public transit. He says it helps to make a city great!

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Car-Centric Salt Lake City Explores Alternatives

Car-Centric Salt Lake City Explores Alternatives | Mass transit | Scoop.it
In Utah, a booming region works to curb its reliance on the automobile
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Salt Lake City's broad streets may become multi-use boulevards with light rail and designated bike and pedestrian paths.

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American Youth and Automobile Usage | The Energy Collective

American Youth and Automobile Usage | The Energy Collective | Mass transit | Scoop.it
Between 2001 and 2009 car travel by American youth declined 23%! That isn’t a typo, it’s an outlier. Like solar panel prices dropping by 80% in five years, or Indian grid losses being 25% of total generation.
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Between 2001 and 2009 young Americans travelled 23% less by car -- and they travelled 40% more miles by public transport.

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Talks start over future of Ronstadt Transit Center, possible commercial development

Talks start over future of Ronstadt Transit Center, possible commercial development | Mass transit | Scoop.it
With construction activity in downtown occurring at a pace not seen in decades, Tucson city officials have begun to look at the Ronstadt Transit Center as the site of a possible mixed-use development.
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The Ronstadt Center serves 17,000 people each weekday, thus helping to ease the congestion of Tucson's downtown. The notion of a "mixed-use development" doesn't make sense in this context.

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Greenpeace Intends Legal Challenge to New Metro | Business

Greenpeace Intends Legal Challenge to New Metro | Business | Mass transit | Scoop.it
Greenpeace Russia is planning to appeal to prosecutors to investigate construction work on a new metro line beneath protected woodland in southern Moscow.

 

Moscow's traffic problems are tremendous -- as I've been reading in Straphanger -- and public transit needs are important, but it's sad to think woodlands have already been cleared for the construction of what is, after all, an underground system.

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As Critical Mass Turns 20, Founders Reflect on Sprawling Bike Protests (AUDIO)

As Critical Mass Turns 20, Founders Reflect on Sprawling Bike Protests (AUDIO) | Mass transit | Scoop.it
(San Francisco, Calif. --Ben Trefny, KALW) Political movements don't have to be shaped by politicians.

 

I've been reading in Taras Grescoe's book Straphanger that bicycles are an important part of the public transportation network in Copenhagen. This interview/article about Critical Mass describes how the movement has gotten attention and respect for cyclists.

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The Rise of Automated Metro Systems? A French Return on Experience

I read about the proposed automation of line 1 of the Paris Metro in Straphanger, but it hadn't yet happened when Grescoe was writing the book. This article contains a lot of information about how the line 1 automation has worked out. It doesn't say what kinds of jobs the former transit workers are doing now.

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How Los Angeles—Yes, Los Angeles—Is Becoming America’s Next Great Mass-Transit City

How Los Angeles—Yes, Los Angeles—Is Becoming America’s Next Great Mass-Transit City | Mass transit | Scoop.it
On a recent visit to Southern California, I began my day in Claremont, where I’d spoken the previous evening at a Pomona College event.

 

Taras Grescoe's book Straphanger includes a lot of information about LA public transit. But I'd like to know more about Bus Riders' Union point of view.

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