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Friday, May 30, 2008
"Live free or drive"
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Miami, Florida - Free transit proposed
...a couple of Miami-Dade County Commissioners (Bruno Barriero and Barbara Jordan) are proposing an additional ½ penny sales tax hike which would eliminate all MDT fares for all riders. The sales tax hike would require a public vote in November....
National Public Radio actually discusses it... http://www.thetakeaway.org/archives/2008/05/29/3
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Auto dependency unfair to poor people
....The main$tream media describe the automobile as an instrument of personal freedom. For the lower middle class, the automobile is an (expletive deleted) albatross. In addition to car payments, gasoline and insurance are burdens that amount to a sizeable percentage of a below-average paycheck. To add injury to insult, insurance premiums tend to be inversely proportional to the ability to pay, thanks to redlining and "credlining...." - Lorraine Lee
Monday, May 19, 2008
Gasoline still cheap in U.S.
The carbon-auto industry will scream for more subsidy:
- more war for control of crude oil sources
- more tariffs [fares] to restrict public transit use
- more direct subsidies to keep prices down
- more tax money for system repairs
- international competition for crude is getting stronger
- commuters are turning to public transit
- voters are not falling for direct subsidy gimmicks
- taxpayers cannot afford to repair the roads and bridges
If they can't win oil on the battlefield, or steal subsidy from the treasury, they will have to raise prices. They are locked into their fixed capital investments in refining, tankers, and pipelines.
They do not have a choice, we do: Free public transit.
Friday, May 16, 2008
Phila streetcars - 900M passengers/year
Monday, May 12, 2008
Take Action - Portland, Oregon
The Columbia River Crossing (CRC) is a $4.2 billion proposed freeway expansion project along a five mile stretch of Interstate 5 between between North Portland and Vancouver, WA. As conceived, the project will increase global warming pollution, harm people’s health, and undermine our region’s vision of a sustainable economy. The CRC will leave us unprepared for the future, while draining $4 billion + of our limited public resources from other important transportation projects.
Friday, May 9, 2008
Cyclone 'is a sign of things to come'
..."The victims of these cyclones are climate change victims and their plight should remind the rich world that it is doing too little to contain its greenhouse gas emissions."... Ms Narain said lifestyles in rich nations "are now spelling doom for countries like (Burma) and Bangladesh - and the big polluters of the world, such as the US, cannot escape their responsibility and their role in the 'dance of death' of tropical cyclones like Nargis."...
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Take Action - Atlanta, GA
For two years TRU, members of ATU Local 732, and Concerned Paratransit Riders (now CTREA) have worked to analyze the current transit system and proposed expansions and develop our own vision for accountable, affordable, and accessible regional transit. The Plan.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Commerce, CA - Has free public transit
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Carbon capture a scam
...The report exposes CCS technology’s woeful inadequacy on numerous points. CCS wastes energy, for one thing, as it uses between 10 and 40% of the plant’s power output just to function. It is also expensive, and could possibly double the cost of constructing a coal-fired power plant, which in turn could lead to the raising of electricity costs for consumers. And despite its exorbitant cost, there is actually no guarantee that storing carbon underground is totally safe or effective – even a very low leakage rate could completely undermine the benefits of CCS. But most importantly, CCS simply can’t deliver on a large scale until 2030, ....
Unfortunately, Greenpeace, bold and brave as can be, is forced to observe the blackout on serious discussion of public transporation as a solution to energy/climate problems. No large organization or high-profile individual will be able to take on the carbon-auto lobby. The lobby is too strong and can be opposed effectively only by a mass movement of millions of people.
Saturday, May 3, 2008
San Francisco - What happened to free Muni idea?
The consultants estimate that free Muni would increase ridership by 35-40%. With around 700,000 boardings in an average day, that would mean something like 250,000 more trips. Think about that. Thousands and thousands of people getting out of their cars. Thousands and thousands more people going places in the City they couldn't afford to get to before. Less traffic congestion, less pollution, more people out and about enjoying themselves and probably spending money in SF businesses. How horrible! - from Marc Norton Online
Friday, May 2, 2008
Transit fares are not for revenue
Thursday, May 1, 2008
"Smart" Growth respects pub-trans blackout
“Curbing emissions from cars depends on a three-legged stool: improved vehicle efficiency, cleaner fuels, and a reduction in driving,” said lead author Reid Ewing, Research Professor at the National Center for Smart Growth, University of Maryland. “The research shows that one of the best ways to reduce vehicle travel is to build places where people can accomplish more with less driving.”
Imagine laying out the main ways to curb auto emissions and NOT mentioning public transit. It takes a lot of education to be able to ignore the obvious.