Tiny home villages, affordable housing and transit oriented development expanding

A tiny home village opened in the Cole neighborhood in late 2020 The researchers’ latest assessment compared village residents to a control group of people experiencing homelessness over a year that ended in October and included the pandemic. The researchers found that villagers were four times more likely to be working or in school and reported lower levels of anxiety, …

LA Metro to study and consider eliminating bus and rail fares

Metro to study and consider eliminating bus and rail fares BY STEVE HYMON , AUGUST 27, 2020 UPDATE, 11 A.M. FRIDAY, SEPT. 4: Metro CEO Phil Washington held a media briefing earlier this week to discuss fareless transit and take questions. Watch the briefing here. UPDATE, 10:45 A.M. FRIDAY, AUG. 28: We’re getting a lot of comments expressing concern over how fareless transit would impact the …

Atlanta: Empowering users to better their own transit system

Meet Bakari Height of MARTA Army in Midtown: I believe that if one is given the power to voice what they wish to see on transit, and is given the opportunities and materials to do it, it can get done without having to wait on the transit agency. Today we’d like to introduce you to Bakari Height. Bakari, can you …

Costs of shifting to zero emission buses

Metro’s Battery Bus Plan Hinges on Need to Grow Service and Revenue, By Shaun Kuo -January 4, 2021 6  In September, King County Metro filed a report on their battery bus implementation plan. Like the Kenmore water taxi report, this paper is the result of a proviso within the 2019-2020 King County budget. The County wanted Metro to discuss major milestones for the 2021-2022 …

Clean Mobility, Shared Mobility, and V2G in California

A mobility revolution is underway, with bike sharing, electric vehicles, and numerous other technologies offering new ways to get around. But the people who need a revolution the most — low-income communities and communities of color — have the least access to clean and affordable new mobility options. For V2G see https://nuvve.com/a-z-bus-sales-announce-commercial-offer-for-v2g-school-buses/ SUMC will serve as the co-manager of CARB’s Clean Mobility …

Seattle’s New Mobility Playbook, Transportation Tech Strategy, TransitScore and more

Also see groundbreaking Los Angeles Transportation Technology Strategy, Digital Matatus and TransitScore, and TransportationCamp Mobile apps help us find the best driving route or catch the right bus or bike the least hilly route. Mobile payment systems allow us to book any service and have it automatically charged to our credit cards or bank accounts. New mobility are those emerging elements …

What Would Providing Every City with High-Quality, Zero-Emissions Public Transportation Look Like? Also first USDOT Ped Safety Plan

A major investment in transit would be pricey but would drastically improve access and quality. Improving transit quality in every urban area to, at minimum, conditions in the Dallas region would cost an additional $2.2 billion annually. This would be a 4.5 percent increase nationally in operating budgets but would expand per capita transit service by 30.3 percent for the …

The post-pandemic transportation system has to reward transit riders, bicyclists and pedestrians with safe, efficient and comfortable ways to travel – starting with restoring bus and rail service cuts for transit-dependent riders

By THE LA TIMES EDITORIAL BOARD DEC. 16, 2020 Here’s one more way that COVID-19 could leave a lasting mark: The pandemic has decimated public transit. Without swift action to restore bus and rail service and a serious commitment to building transit-friendly communities, Los Angeles will suffer from ever-worsening traffic, air pollution, carbon emissions and inequality long after the coronavirus is …

Cities Deserve Transit Aid: It’s Only Fair. Public transportation in NYC is around $2/trip

The Hill, December 2020, American Enterprise Institute – excerpt In the biggest cities, transit is relatively efficient, notwithstanding high labor costs. Notably, in New York City, which accounts for a third of all public transit trips in the U.S. each year, costs per passenger trip average just $2.50; the equivalent figure for heavy rail (meaning subway) is just $1.93. In contrast, federal data show …

Severe Transit Cuts Would Cripple U.S. Economy, Experts Warn

New York’s MTA plans to slash subway service, and other cities have proposed brutal budget cuts if federal transit support doesn’t arrive.  By Laura BlissNovember 19, 2020, 3:06 PM EST Like a tree without roots or a body without a spine, New York City would collapse without its subway system. That kind of dire outcome is a real risk if transit cuts proposed in …