Fare free or zero fare transit could address equity and ridership issues. Here’s how some cities are making it happen.

INNOVATIONS TRANSPORTATION https://www.planning.org/planning/2021/fall/can-zero-fare-transit-work/ Also: By 1980, there were more than 40,000 miles of road in the interstate system (most 90% covered by federal investment). Highway engineers have since added more than 5,000 miles aimed at speeding up traffic and easing congestion, especially for suburban commuters (with federal participation at the 80% level)…in the first 20 years of the interstate highway system, …

San Diego’s Climate Action Plan – Mobility and Land Use Measures and Actions

The Climate Action Plan draft is now out: Climate Action Plan Draft The City of San Diego’s new Climate Action Plan establishes a community-wide goal of net zero by 2035, committing San Diego to an accelerated trajectory for greenhouse gas reductions. PDF: https://www.sandiego.gov/sites/default/files/climate_action_plan_draft.pdf or read and comment online at: https://sdclimateaction.konveio.com/strategies-reduce-greenhouse-gas-emissions https://sdclimateaction.konveio.com/plan-overview Related to building electrification it has:  Strategy 1: Decarbonization …

Understanding the New Massachusetts Climate Law

April 8, 2021 After a year-long legislative push, a sweeping update to Massachusetts climate policy is now law. In short, the new law sets higher statewide goals to cut emissions, while creating opportunities for the state to better prioritize environmental justice, nudge utilities towards renewable energy, and make it easier for consumers to be more energy efficient, among other things.  …

A monopoly can be given to a private corporation if it actually fulfills two things: allow just and reasonable prices and serves the public interest. Also, only one reason to grant a corporate charter…

David Korten’s presentation to the Summit on the Future of Corporations, Faneuil Hall, Boston MA, November 13, 2007. Only One Reason to Grant a Corporate Charter (see end) ** Excerpts from Interview – John Farrell and Jean Su – May-June 2021 Jean Su:  A monopoly can be given to a private corporation if it actually fulfills two things. And this …

Republicans destroy citizens’ ability to run ballot initiatives

By Reid J. Epstein and Nick Corasaniti May 22, 2021, New York Times In 2008, deep-blue California banned same-sex marriage. In 2018, steadfastly conservative Arkansas and Missouri increased their minimum wage. And last year, Republican-controlled Arizona and Montana legalized recreational marijuana. These moves were all the product of ballot initiatives, a century-old fixture of American democracy that allows voters to bypass their legislatures …

As legislature reconvenes, Illinois is poised to become the first state in the Midwest to ban coal-burning power plants

By MICHAEL HAWTHORNE CHICAGO TRIBUNE | JUN 15, 2021  Illinois, one of the nation’s largest producers of coal, is on the verge of becoming the first Midwest state to ban energy companies from burning the lung-damaging, climate-changing fossil fuel to generate electricity. The end of gas-fired power might not be far behind. Phasing out the combustion fuels — coal by 2035 and …

New York’s Public Power Bill Could Be a Model for the Rest of the Country. NY State Build Public Renewables Act sets path for faster, cheaper, better decarbonization.

The New York State Build Public Renewables Act. “We could see, for instance, federal money going to states so that they could set one up themselves so that they can build out public renewable energy in their states, bring down the cost, make it accountable to the people, and bring down energy poverty at the same time.” Dharna Noor 5/13/21, Gizmodo …

Access and 20 minute neighborhoods

Ann Arbor, Mich., has set a goal of having 100 percent of residents live in 20-minute neighborhoods by 2030. For now, the 12 percent of residents who don’t have access to a car are at a big disadvantage — 109,000 jobs can be reached within a 20-minute drive, but only 30,000 jobs are within a 20-minute walk or transit ride. …