LA Metro Head Supports Free Transit and Congestion Tolls

Metro CEO supports congestion pricing, free fares on public transit By Elijah Chiland, Curbed LA, Dec 6, 2018 Several board members latched onto the idea, including Los Angeles City Councilmember Mike Bonin, who emphasized the potential environmental benefits of...

Fewer Cars = Safer Streets

Cities with more public transit usage are safer, for both passengers and pedestrians The 11 US cities where residents make over 40 transit trips per capita have lower traffic fatality rates. Since they adopted the Vision Zero improvement program, traffic deaths are...

Housing and Transit

One Thing Silicon Valley Can’t Seem to Fix It seems obvious to build a large corporate office near a transit stop, but only 21 percent of Bay Area jobs are within a half-mile of a regional rail station. If you take San Francisco out of the equation, that percentage...

Yes, TNC’s Decrease Transit, Riding, Walking

Riders are giving up public transit—not their cars—in favor of ride-hailing trips, according to a new report from a transit consultant who served as deputy commissioner for traffic and planning in New York City. Rider surveys show that “about 60 percent of TNC users...

Free Transit?

Should Transit Be Free? This article reports on research about the effect on ridership of making transit free, and concludes that it isn’t always a good idea, and goes on to review other ways cities enhance and nourish their transit systems. A few tidbits: In Dunkirk,...

Our Car Efficiency Standards

They’re undoing California’s higher gasoline-mileage standards, which have led the way for half the country. Seventeen states, representing 44% of the nation’s people, will see them in court. Meanwhile EPA chief Pruitt tries to bully the states into...

Human-Powered Transportation

One way to cut the carbon footprint and boost public health is to get more people biking and walking.  Read about how this is working out here and around the world. ‘For me, this is paradise’: life in the Spanish city that banned cars The mayor’s...

CARB Action?

The CA Air Resources Board makes plans to cut transportation emissions and controls some state funding. What have they done for the climate lately? (The proposed 2918-9 state budget is over $130 billion.) California Air Resources Board...

Electric Vehicles

Electric Vehicles: Why Don’t People Know? Californians are not deciding they don’t want PEVs. Rather, they remain to a great extent unaware of PEVs and anything about them. The article includes suggestions for raising awareness. By Justin Gerdes, GreenTech...

Traffic-Congestion Management

New York Had a Plan to Speed Up Buses. A Judge Just Blocked It The city was ready to turn 14th Street into a transit corridor. Neighborhood groups sued to halt implementation at the last minute. Danny Pearlstein, a spokesman for the Riders Alliance, an advocacy group,...