Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Dayton RTA To Offer Free Rides Thursday

WYSO: "Greater Dayton RTA wants people to leave their cars behind and use public transport for a day.  

Thursday they’re hosting Dump The Pump Day and offering free rides to the public. RTA wants people to try public transport as an alternative to driving themselves."

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

New public transportation options eyed

.chillicothegazette: "According to 2013 numbers included in the Ohio Department of Transportation’s “Status of Public Transit in Ohio” report released last October, Chillicothe Transit handled 177,509 passengers on fixed-route trips and an additional 21,546 passengers who were served on an on-demand basis in 2013."

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

ROI multiplier for #publictransit can be high as 9

Public transportation key to our future: "Business leaders know that to be successful, changes in our way of thinking need to occur. Recently, Yaromir Steiner, CEO of Steiner + Associates and developer of Liberty Center, noted that the key to the design and layout of Liberty Center is the millennial generation, "who want walkable, urban areas with parks and public transportation."

Strategic routes and partnerships connecting people to businesses, jobs, health care and shopping benefit our economy and restore a level of dignity and pride in our residents. Successful connections contribute to the vitality of our businesses and communities. The return on investment can be significant. Statistics from the Economic Development Research Group show that a $1 investment in public transit has a rate of return of $4 and in some cases, up to $9."

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Why Ohio ignored its own $1M bus, rail study "Spending money on public transportation has rarely been a priority for Ohio lawmakers. Budgets are set up in such a way that public transportation operating money is a line item buried in the general revenue fund – not even in the transportation budget. The Legislature has cut $36.3 million in public transportation money from the general fund since 2000."

Monday, April 27, 2015

One free bus route turns things around in Columbus, Ohio

The Columbus Dispatch: "Ridership on COTA buses in 2014 reached its highest level since 1986 as the free Cbus Downtown circulator exceeded expectations.

The 19.3 million trips taken on Central Ohio Transit Authority buses last year was about 3 percent higher than in 2013. Of the 550,000 trips the authority added last year, about 348,000 were on the Cbus, which started running between the Short North and Brewery District in May.

The circulator has far exceeded COTA’s projections, said CEO Curtis Stitt."

Friday, March 27, 2015

Millennials choosing public transportation over cars

Many young professionals are choosing not to buy cars. Instead, as they move into the city, they're using public transportation. It's an environmental and economical decision."

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Fort Wayne bus boss, "we should be running every 15 minutes" "Many and perhaps even most Citilink riders are low-income people who rely on the bus to get to work, school, the doctor or other places. But people who have their own car or other transportation options don't want to wait an hour for a bus. "In fact," Housden said, "we should be running every 15 minutes.""