What benefits can cities expect from fare-free transport?

Home / Governance 11th March 2020 Christopher Carey With Kansas City the latest to announce free transport for its residents, Christopher Carey examines the merits of such a policy and questions whether more cities should follow suit In early December 2019, members of the city council in Kansas City, Missouri unanimously approved a resolution which will see it become the first major US metropolis to …

US citizens would gain 3.7 years in life expectancy if social spending was raised to equal other rich countries (subsidized housing, transit, child care)

The US needs to increase social spending. And that money should come from decreasing the income gap through taxation. Elizabeth Bradley at Yale was the first to compare social spending and medical-care spending among countries. And what you see is the healthier countries prioritize social spending, whereas we in the US focus on medical-care spending. The reason the other countries are healthier is …

Valuing Public Transportation

Public transit is critical for efficient and equitable transportation. It is currently under threat due to fears of COVID-19 contagion. Now, more than ever, planners must communicate transit benefits and respond to inaccurate criticisms. Todd Litman, Planetizen | June 12, 2020 DargaseaWikimedia Commons Public transportation plays unique and important roles in an efficient and equitable transportation system. It provides affordable mobility for …

How defunding Baltimore’s police department could help transit

TRANSITBy Martin Csongradi in Greater, Greater Washington June 17, 2020 3 https://ggwash.org/view/78098/how-could-defunding-the-bpd-could-help-transit In cities across the country, a call to defund the police and repurpose funds back into programs that help Black communities is growing louder by the day. And, Baltimore is no different. The City Council voted Monday to slash about $22 million from the Baltimore Police Department’s $550 million budget. But where will that …

Just a few (incomplete) benefits from replacing existing diesel buses with electric school buses

This report summarizes analysis conducted by VEIC on Denver Public School’s bus fleet and the suitability of replacing existing diesel buses with electric school buses. Colorado is undertaking efforts to reduce harmful emissions from diesel engines as part of a legal settlement with Volkswagen Group of America. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (DPHE) is administering over $68.7 …

Washington D.C. Council member proposes free public transit for residents

By Justin George March 1, 2020 The District could become the next U.S. city to make transit free under a proposal by a D.C. Council member that would give each resident $100 a month to use for public transportation. Council member Charles Allen (D-Ward 6) said the plan would boost the region’s economy by helping businesses retain employees and recruit new customers …

Boston considers eliminating transit fares outright, or at least make rides on Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority buses free

By Adam Vaccaro, The wild idea of making MBTA buses free is gaining traction, January 6, 2020, link It promises to be a big year on the transportation front, as the Legislature prepares to debate new money for the rail and road systems that may prove at odds with funding initiatives already backed by Governor Charlie Baker. Against this backdrop, a once-radical idea to fight Boston’s …

Counties where residents are predominantly black account for over half of US coronavirus cases and almost 60 percent of deaths. Half of workers in business and prof services could work from home in 2018 vs. less than 10 percent of leisure and hospitality workers (including food workers)

More than half of workers in professional and business services reported that they could work from home in 2018. In contrast, less than 10 percent of leisure and hospitality workers (including food workers) had the same flexibility . A recent study found that counties where residents are predominantly black account for over half of coronavirus cases in the United States and …

Did you know that the majority of counties with high rates of zero-car households are rural? More Than One Million Households Without a Car in Rural America Need Better Transit

Rural Americans without cars face unique barriers and they deserve a tailored approach to their transit needs rather than just assuming they can or will drive everywhere. By Rayla Bellis, Streetsblog, May 18, 2020 Editor’s note: This article originally appeared on Smart Growth America. It is republished here with permission. Many people think the only Americans regularly relying on transit to reach jobs …

The Collapse of Rush Hour: A Deep Dive

By Jarrett Walker, May May 27, 2020 in General 2 Covid-19 has understandably caused steep declines in public transit demand, but the pattern of that fall is important.  Peak (rush hour) demand has fallen much more than all-day demand, mirroring a change in travel demand overall. This chart is from the daily updates we’ve been getting at the Transit app website.  This chart covers …