RTD freed from farebox requirement

CO: Gov. Polis signs law giving RTD flexibility to reduce bus and train fares, charge for parking in lots https://www.masstransitmag.com/management/news/21224129/co-gov-polis-signs-law-giving-rtd-flexibility-to-reduce-bus-and-train-fares-charge-for-parking-in-lots It will be up to metro Denver’s transit system to make those decisions, but House Bill 1186 removes several restrictions in state law that had limited RTD’s options. Jon Murray, The Denver Post (TNS) May 25th, 2021 The Regional Transportation …

To reduce car dependence, increase transit frequency, provide free passes (also boosts school attendance). Telecommuting does not always translate to reduced travel

Excerpt, May 2021 https://ssti.us/2021/03/30/do-telecommuters-really-travel-fewer-miles/ Telecommuting does not always translate to reduced travel and can have hidden environmental costs. A recent California-based study reaffirms these findings and builds on what previous studies have already told us: travel behavior of telecommuters is more complex and often results in higher non-work VMT. Researchers from University of California at Santa Barbara surveyed a mix of California residents to …

Pressley, Markey Introduce Fare Free Public Transit legislation. LA will start fare free public transit for students in August and low income riders in January.

LA moves closer to offering zero-fare transit, June 10, 2021, by Jason Plautz https://www.smartcitiesdive.com/news/la-moves-closer-to-offering-zero-fare-transit/601580/ The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (L.A. Metro) is moving closer to eliminating fares for students and low-income riders, an effort that could make bus and train rides free for more than 70% of Los Angeles passengers. The L.A. Metro Board of Directors voted unanimously last month to explore …

The Clean School Bus Act is one of a suite of 8 bills

The Clean School Bus Act is one of a suite of 8 bills from Senator Cortez Masto and other climate champions in Congress that promote a comprehensive transition to clean transportation. In addition to the Clean School Bus Act, the suite of bills includes the following: The Green Spaces, Green Vehicles Act: This legislation creates a ‘‘Green Spaces, Green Vehicles Initiative’’ run jointly by …

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 …