Thursday, March 30, 2017

Columbus Shows What Free Bus Passes Can Do for Ridership

Next City: "CCSID just wrapped up a pilot project during which they gave free transit passes to 844 workers at four companies from June 2015 to January 2017. The results were encouraging, with bus ridership among participants increasing from 6.4 percent to 12.2 percent. That’s good, especially considering citywide, only 3.6 percent of commuters take transit and 79 percent drive alone."

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Cleveland mayoral candidate calls for #freepublictransit

WKYC.com: ""One of my biggest policies is bringing free public transportation to the city so that we can provide an option that gives mobility and accessibility to our residents that live in or below poverty. When looking at the statistics, nearly 36% of our population lives at or below poverty and that is unacceptable. Transportation is the key to providing upward mobility for anyone and, unfortunately, the city is watching GCRTA hit a deficit without any attempt to assist or speak up.""

Friday, January 27, 2017

#Autosprawl meltdown, sprawl subsidy to continue, poor to go under the bus

Public transit funding crucial in strengthening Ohio, report says | cleveland.com: ""Gov. Kasich is warning Ohioans that our best days are behind us and we can't afford to do what is needed to create a more vibrant state with an economy that works for everyone. What we really can't afford is that austere view of our future; we need to do more, not less," Patton said in the report."

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Support your local #publictransit advocates - Ohio

New Powerhouse Statewide Coalition Calls on Kasich to Increase Transit Funding | Scene and Heard: Scene's News Blog: ""Ohio's under-investment in public transit, over the past several decades, has left our public transit system lacking," the letter read. "Lack of widespread public transportation limits low-income workers' ability to get to jobs, stunting their ability to support themselves and their families. It also leaves too many people with disabilities as well as those who are aging essentially home bound,
making it difficult for them to access the grocery store, the doctor's office, and to meet their other needs with dignity."
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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Coalition Calls For Increased Funding, Accessibility To Public Transportation

The Statehouse News Bureau: "A coalition of environmental, disability and other groups from around the state are calling on lawmakers and Gov. John Kasich to increase funding to public transportation. That means more sidewalks, bike paths and mass transit."

Friday, October 21, 2016

Ohio automobile culture means poor and disabled get stranded

cleveland.com: ""Council President [Dan] Brady and other members are very concerned about past and potential future cuts to public transit," Nanni said.

The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority this year already had to raise fares and cut service 3 percent and faces even deeper cuts in 2018 when it will lose funding from the sales and use tax on Medicaid managed care organizations. At that point, RTA could have to cut service up to 10 percent and lay off 150 people, RTA CEO Joe Calabrese has estimated."

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Electric vehicles a new opportunity to subsidize sprawl

Electrek: "Last week, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) introduced a new legislation that could add up to $250 per month in benefits to people commuting to work in electric vehicles. The new bill, called Electric Vehicle Credit Act, would allow employers to give workers with electric cars access to the same pre-tax transportation benefits many workers receive for traditional forms of transportation like public transportation allowances, parking fees, and public transit passes."