Public transit ridership and revenues have dropped like a rock during the COVID-19 public health crisis: how can we avoid a transit death spiral?

Written by Howard Learner, May 29, 2020 Found in Crains Chicago Business Public transit ridership and revenues have dropped like a rock during the COVID-19 public health crisis. In Chicago, CTA bus and train ridership is down by 80%, and Metra commuter rail ridership is down by a staggering 97%. In Minneapolis-St. Paul, Metro Transit has 75% less riders. The same …

Half of Americans Want Drivers Who Drive More to Pay More: And people who drive big, fuel inefficient cars should pay even more

By Kea Wilson, StreetsBlog, Jul 20, 2020 Nearly half of Americans think it’s time to rethink how we fund our road infrastructure by switching from a federal gas tax — which theoretically rewards drivers for choosing greener cars, but doesn’t always deter excessive driving itself — and replacing it with a tax based on how many miles drivers actually travel, a …

Tires & Brakes Are Significant Sources of Microplastics

July 19th, 2020 by Carolyn Fortuna in Clean Technica Those minuscule particles of plastics produced by car tires and brakes can’t do much damage, right? They’re so, well, tiny, and nearly imperceptible — yet devastating. Did you know that road microplastics produce more than 200,000 tons of minute plastic particles that blow into the oceans every year? Image retrieved from CalRecycle Research titled “Atmospheric Transport …

RTD joins transit systems’ request for billions more in aid from Congress

Passengers board an RTD light-rail train at the Littleton/Mineral station on Jan. 19, 2020.WAYNE BROUSSARD | Posted Thursday, July 16, 2020 7:38 amMichael KarlikColorado Politics The Regional Transportation District was among the more than two dozen public transit agencies that sent a letter to the Republican and Democratic U.S. Senate leaders asking for $32 billion to $36 billion in additional coronavirus relief money …

Five Arguments for Making Subways Free

Now is an opportune time to think more broadly about how to fund urban rail. A fare “holiday” that was successful in attracting new riders By Lucas Davis, Berkeley, CA Lowering subway fares would save energy and make cities greener. Subway ridership has fallen sharply around the world due to COVID-19. For most of the 170+ subway systems worldwide it is going …

The fight for free public transit

Transit has not been sufficient to seriously shrink hyperautomobility in ‘advanced’ capitalism. Next to some steps discussed further below, measures to restrict car traffic will be necessary. Among these: phasing out car-related subsidies; severely restricting parking; stopping greenfield road expansion; giving transit, cyclists and pedestrians systematic priorities on existing roads; make planning approvals for all development contingent upon transit access; …

The Right to Public Space and Dunkirk as a Laboratory for Free Transit

by Gregory Smithsimon, on 10 March 2015 Tags: public space | suburbs | human rights | right to the city | United States https://www.metropolitiques.eu/The-Right-to-Public-Space.html Comment  Many of the commonly defended human rights (freedom of expression, of assembly, of information, of movement, etc.) depend on the availability of physical public space. Their absence, especially in the suburbs, routinely hinders the rights of citizens. For this reason, Gregory Smithsimon argues for a formal right to public space. …

First automated technology program for full-sized transit buses in the country

The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) recently received a $2 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to launch the first automated technology program for full-sized transit buses in the country.  The “Integrated Mobility Innovation” grant will aid development of automated technology to be used on CTtransit’s “CTfastrak,” a 9.4-mile rapid transit bus corridor in central Connecticut. The automated technologies will include steering, …

No one asks how are we going to pay for war. So, why should we for public transit?

1/16/2020 by Jeremy Mohler In the Public Interest, No one asks how are we going to pay for war. So, why should we for public transit? Tons of positive ink has been spilled about Kansas City, Missouri’s decision last month to make public transit fare-free, and rightly so. The New York Times just published a somewhat rosy article, asking, “Should public transit be free? More …

(No more) Tickets to Ride

Mar 1 Written By Priscille Biehlmann in Are We Europe – March 2020 Luxembourg becomes the first country in the world to pioneer free public transport as part of a social-ecological transition. Will it be enough? Cars are a problem for cities. They clog up centres, they pollute the air, they are noisy, and they take up space—lots of space. The problem …