Universal Basic Mobility and Mobility as a Service Approaches Underway in the US

Bloomberg, 2018 https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-10-03/universal-basic-mobility-is-a-human-right Universal Basic Income (UBI) has long been talked about as a way to address income inequality, but there’s a solution that directly stimulates employment: Universal Basic Mobility (UBM), by simply getting people to jobs. In areas where commutes are long, it’s hard for children to escape poverty, and in many cities, areas with poor mobility have high unemployment and …

Reforming heavy rail commuter transit in the US

Excerpt from Mass Transit and Governing – https://www.masstransitmag.com/rail/news/21224126/us-commuter-rail-reform-faces-high-labor-infrastructure-costs May-June 2021 Staffing levels on the Berlin S-Bahn, the German capital city’s regional rail network, are about one-third the size of the Long Island Rail Road (America’s busiest commuter rail system), which in turn serves only about a third of the passengers. “In Spain or Germany, you just have the train driver, …

Leading health damages from vehicle pollution in 12 states and Washington, DC: Ammonia emissions alone cause 10% of early deaths. The largest health damages were $4 million for every ton of particulate matter emitted. Ozone and fine particulate matter from vehicle emissions in 2016 led to an estimated 7,100 deaths in the NE and Mid-Atlantic regions of the US.

A new study that quantifies the total and interstate deaths from transportation-related air pollution from five vehicle types in 12 states and Washington, D.C. has been published in Environmental Research Letters. The research was led by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with the Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment at Harvard T.H Chan School …

Is Free Public Transit an Idea Whose Time Has Come?

By SANDY SMITH, Next City, MAY 19, 2021 New York City’s Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) is one of several large public-transit agencies contemplating a fare-free future. (Photo by Adjoajo/CC BY-SA 4.0) The debate over transportation equity has heated up, given the sharp change in transit-rider demographics once the COVID-19 pandemic took most whiter and wealthier riders off of buses and (especially) …

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, …