Sunday, October 4, 2015

The drive for carless streets in Philadelphia

The drive for carless streets in Philadelphia: "For Jake Liefer the most unexpected perk of the papal visit weekend happened not on the Parkway or at Independence Hall, but in the serene streets of the city, where he got to take his 1-year-old daughter with him on their first bicycle ride together.

"I felt safe riding on these open streets with pedestrians and other bike riders and without having to worry about cars," the Point Breeze resident said. "It was so joyful without cars honking, engines revving.""

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Businesses in the suburbs feel the pain of car culture

dailylocal: "“It was eye opening to see how much emphasis the business community places on public transportation,” he said of the planning commission’s research into the topic.

According to Waltermyer, one business owner said he could “increase his recruiting ability by 50 percent if he had reliable shuttle service to and from the train station.”"

Monday, July 20, 2015

What If the Subway Were Just … Free?

Philadelphia Magazine: "But the benefits of free mass transit are obvious. Transit workers who collect fares could be redistributed to other jobs. Lower-income residents would no longer have transit fares taking a large chunk of their paychecks (27 percent of SEPTA riders overall make less than $25,000 a year, according to SEPTA's most recent operating budget). Transit police would no longer have to police fare evasion. Plus, making transit fare-free should encourage ridership — and move people away from cars. Packed trains are more environmentally friendly than cars. Philadelphia may not have achieved Mayor Michael Nutter's goal of becoming America's greenest city, but sustainability is a stated goal of our political leadership."

Saturday, July 18, 2015

One third of Philadelphia homes have no car

dailylocalnews: "More than a third of all Philadelphia homes are carless. It could be a matter of economics and a money saving measure, but for many I’m sure a car just isn’t required. The El or a bus is usually quicker and you don’t have to find a legal parking spot."

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Phila Chamber of Commerce stands up for transit #su4t

PlanPhilly: "Business and labor joined politicians past and present at the “Stand Up 4 Transportation” rally at Dilworth Park, part of a national effort organized by the American Public Transportation Association to pressure Congress into addressing the looming expiration of current federal transportation funding law on May 31st. The rally was organized locally by SEPTA and the Chamber, with dozens of local unions, transit agencies, ridership organizations and transportation advocates joining the cause of urging Congress to replenish the national Highway Trust Fund."

Monday, August 11, 2014

Bike share to roll into city next spring - first 30 mins free

weeklypress : "According to Russell Meddin, of Bike Share Philadelphia, a bike share advocacy group, a user will be able to use a bike for 30-minute increments before returning at no extra charge as it is in most bike share programs. An extra charge would be levied to the user’s account for time over 30 minutes."

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Easton buys a trolley for free downtown rides

wfmz : "Trolley rides will be free but the city will spend about $25,000 a year to operate it during its projected 10-to-15 year life, said City Administrator Glenn Steckman."

Sunday, May 18, 2014

How to go to the beach with no car

Philadelphia Inquirer: " . . . To get to Cape May and other points south, New Jersey Transit buses go at least three times a day on various routes from Atlantic City – some between islands, some down Route 9 going in and out along the causeways, some along the islands, stopping at a few places along the way.

The biggest fare is $5.25 from Atlantic City to Cape May, but the zone fares in between can be as little as a couple bucks."

Monday, April 28, 2014

Carlisle bus circulator will begin three-year trial Monday

cumberlink : "CARLISLE — Years of discussion and months of preparation will culminate at 5 a.m. Monday when the Capital Area Transit Carlisle bus circulator hits the streets."

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Philly transit riders save $12,000 a year in transportation costs, report says : "A new public transportation report finds that commuters in the Philadelphia region save $12,000 a year if they use public transit.

According to the American Public Transportation Association, using public transportation can save commuters almost $200 a month on a rented parking space.

“Over the course of a year, parking costs for a vehicle can amount to an average of $1,995,” said the APTA.

Commuters who use public transportation to get into Philadelphia, which is number five among the top 20 cities with the highest public transportation ridership, save $1,008 a month and $12,101 a year in commuting costs if parking and gas costs are factored together."

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Parking Lots Demolished in Cities’ Revenue Bid as Driving Wanes

Businessweek : "“We want to create an environment where people want to walk in, want to bike in and want to take transit in,” said Beth Elliott, principal city planner in Minneapolis, which is pushing redevelopment to bolster use of mass transit. “And that is not a sea of surface parking lots.”"

Monday, March 17, 2014

Hazleton Public Transit sees increase in ridership

Citizens' Voice: "More people are turning to public transportation for work, shopping and pleasure in the Hazleton area, said Ralph Sharp, director of Hazleton Public Transit.

"We are seeing an increase in ridership," he said. "We have noticed our station is filled at certain times.""