Friday, August 19, 2016

Pottsville, PA - money running out for sprawl subsidy

Republican Herald: "For an hour Wednesday night, a collection of parents from the Pottsville Area School District complained about the school board’s decision in July to cut back on transportation services in the 2016-17 school year."
The American school bus has been an expensive subsidy for sprawl. Now the money is running out.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

#publictransit saves US 4.2 billions gallons of gasoline per year

Free bus rides to encourage public transportation use - News - Standard Speaker: "Dave Bekisz, STS executive director, said the agency is hoping people who have never tried public transit before will accept the offer of a free ride.

“Using public transportation is the quickest way to beat high gas prices and saves the United States 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline annually. That’s why we are offering free rides to encourage more people to join our regular riders and dump the pump on June 16,” Bekisz said in a news release."

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Free bus rides to encourage public transportation use

Standard Speaker: "Local residents can ride the bus for free on Thursday as part of national Dump the Pump Day.

Hazleton Public Transit, the Luzerne County Transportation Authority and Schuylkill Transportation System (STS) are among the agencies participating.

All passengers will have the opportunity to ride any fixed-route bus for free.

The annual event is meant to encourage people to ride public transportation instead of using a car. The American Public Transportation Association has sponsored it since June 2006, when gasoline prices were $3 per gallon.

According to the association’s April Transit Savings Report, individuals in a two-person household can save an average of more than $9,312 annually by downsizing to one car."

Friday, November 20, 2015

Benefits of #publictransit and how to

public opinion online: "Public transportation is a tremendous benefit to our society; it helps people without viable means of personal transportation get to the places they need to go; it greatly reduces traffic congestion in our urban centers; and it helps to improve our air quality.

Pennsylvanians are fortunate because we have a network of transportation resources available to help people get where they need to go, such as work or doctor appointments. Now it’s even easier for residents living in Franklin County to find these transportation resources by using an online resource,"

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."