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

19 Action News: "DOWNTOWN CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -
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"

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.
"

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."