Wednesday, December 14, 2011

#occupy keep shakin', crumbs are falling

NJ Transit OKs bus shelters, bridge contracts | The Asbury Park Press | "NEWARK — NJ Transit’s board approved a contract on Tuesday with a Howell company to replace a railroad bridge in Plainfield, another pact that will bring bus shelters to towns in Monmouth, Middlesex and Camden counties and signed off on rebuilding platforms in Newark’s Penn Station."

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Hurricane Irene highlighted need for NJ Transit investment |

Hurricane Irene highlighted need for NJ Transit investment | "The lack of NJ Transit service between Trenton and New Brunswick for three days after Irene swept through the Garden State packed nearby roads and left commuters frustrated. With increased investment in transit, there can be redundancy in more of the system. So if one line goes out, another is there to serve customers.
This is especially important now as ridership on NJ Transit is growing — more than 247 million riders last year, almost a 10 percent increase since 2004 — and housing near transit is surviving the economic recession much better than units far away from public transportation. According to Christopher Lineberger of the Brookings Institution, there is an insufficient supply of housing in walkable neighborhoods — walkable, urban housing represents 20 percent of the housing stock, despite demand from 50 percent of the population."

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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Hurricane another sign of global warming's impact |

Hurricane another sign of global warming's impact | "We can now add Hurricane Irene among the symptoms that scientists warned we'd experience as global warming occurs.
Wind of up to 100 mph, predicted to lash the East Coast. Ocean waves as high as 12 feet. That's in line with what scientists have said, that hurricanes would become more severe as ocean temperatures rise."

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Monday, August 15, 2011

Move to Hoboken, go #carfee, save about $7,000 a year.

NYC area rules list of top public transit cities - Business - Going Green - "“We really encourage people to use public transportation,” says Dawn Zimmer, Hoboken’s mayor. “We are proud people use public transportation and we are trying to make Hoboken a place where people have the option to live car-free.”"

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Seniors need public transit

Senior Mobility: "Transportation is a top need of older adults, and their transit use is increasing. One of every five persons over 65 is a non-driver. AARP reports that 'Although older adults' predominant means of travel continues to be their personal vehicles, transit use by people age 65+, as a share of all trips they take, increased by a remarkable 40% between 2001 and 2009;' In 2009, older adults took more than 1 billion trips on public transportation. Most Americans are going to live for a number of years after they cease driving, so the challenge of to meet the special transportation needs of these frail older people (85+) continues. Specialized transportation is the only feasible mode for frail older persons, other than getting rides from others. They will often need travel escorts and door-to-door and door-through door assistance so that they can continue to live independently in their own homes and connected to their communities. Lost mobility jeopardizes not only the physical and emotional health of the individual who may feel a sense of loss and dependency but also the quality of their community." CTAA

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Brave unionists fight phony "fiscal-crisis"

After robbing the taxpayers, the banks and billionaires are going after pensions. Meanwhile oil and autosprawl subsidies continue apace, and public transit is cut back. The time is now to fight back.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

UK Commission discovers that car culture is unfair to the poor - duh!

Great New Resource for the Carfree Movement: "Not only do vulnerable groups travel less than other people, they carry a greater burden of the costs of other people’s travel. In other words they are both ‘less travelled’ and ‘travelled-upon’. The impacts they experience can be severe: chronic air pollution and noise, traffic danger, higher rates of injury and crime.

Road traffic is responsible for the great majority of these impacts. The UK is one of the most car-dependent countries in Europe. The distance travelled on our roads has increased tenfold since 1950. Many services are now based on the assumption that users will access them by car. People who do not drive or cannot afford to drive find themselves increasingly trapped in a car-dependent world, unable to participate in the benefits, but forced to endure its costs."

Friday, March 11, 2011

Public transit saves money in so many ways - Infrastructurist

With gas prices near $3.50 and rising, the American Public Transportation Association took the opportunity to calculate how much Americans can save by switching to public transportation. Based on fuel costs of March 4, 2011, those savings average out to $9,904 a year — or about $825 a month. The biggest potential gains await residents of these ten cities: