Thursday, February 19, 2015

Fort Wayne bus boss, "we should be running every 15 minutes"

News-Sentinel.com: "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.""

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Lorain, Ohio - "poor people can't afford cars and young people don't want them"

Chronicle-Telegram: "That was the contention of expert Tim Rosenberger, who spoke before about 80 people at a transportation forum at Lorain County Community College in Elyria on Wednesday. Rosenberger, transportation planner for Parsons Brickerhoff, an international engineering and transportation company, said demand is outpacing supply due to an aging population, poor people who can’t afford cars and younger people who don’t want them."


Monday, January 26, 2015

#Freetransit best way to deliver social services

mansfieldnewsjournal : "“To me, those Medicaid dollars should be moved more toward RCT because it costs less to buy a bus ticket or pass than to go door-to-door,” Neumann said. She noted that the JFS budget line item for transportation has quadrupled over the last eight years to more than $750,000 last year."

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

#Autosprawl bridges falling down, falling down

I-75 closes as emergency crews respond to Hopple Street exit - Local 12 WKRC-TV Cincinnati - Top Stories: "CINCINNATI (WKRC) -- One person has died after the Hopple Street overpass has collapsed on I-75. This is the old Hopple Street exit ramp from I-75 northbound.
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Saturday, December 6, 2014

In Ohio #publictransit is terrible. Why?

The Columbus Dispatch: "Is it really any surprise that none of us can stand to take the COTA bus to work rather than driving, even a few days a week? For one thing, people don’t have the time. There probably isn’t a bus stop nearly as close to your house as your driveway is, or nearly as close to where you work as the company parking lot is. So, you have to factor in the time and energy to walk. This becomes even more influential in bad weather."

More Transportation Choices for Ohio: Are Politicians Listening?

plunderbund : "While public transportation investment remains stagnant, we’re seeing massive increases in highway expansion spending that are unnecessary to the point of being wasteful."

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Advantages of #carfree cities

cleveland.com: "-- A 5 to 10 percent reduction in traffic speeds translates into an 18 to 20 percent increase in property values.

-- Homes in walkable areas command 12 percent more than homes in areas that aren't very walkable, and commercial properties have values 5 to 8 percent higher.

-- Pedestrian-friendly, transit-served, mixed-use communities generate 10 times more tax revenue per acre than suburban development. 

The Gund Foundation's Jaquay said the notion of retaining and attracting Millennials to Cleveland -- people 18 to 33 or so -- is not lost on local civic leaders.

Collier said a "culture shift" to change the funding model, attitudes and perceptions has to happen at the federal and state level, where most transportation funding dollars are doled out. "We should be able to spend more money on public transit," he said."