First meeting Nov. 29. More info & zoom links: https://www.kpcw.org/park-city/2023-11-15/park-city-council-examines-lofty-transit-solutions
#AutofreiUT #UT #SaltLakeCity #Ogden #CedarCity #Nephi #Logan #BrighamCity #UtahJazz #Jazz #UTJazz #FuckCars #WarOnCars #TheWarOnCars #autofrei #Urbanism #CarBrain #BikeTooter #TaylorSwift #ClimateCrisis #PublicTransportation @fuck_cars
DesignBoom : henning larsen will transform prague central station with a fluid timber canopy https://www.designboom.com/architecture/henning-larsen-prague-central-station-novy-hlavak-czech-republic-11-28-2023/ #architectureintheczechrepublic #woodandtimberarchitecture #henninglarsenarchitects #publictransportation #architecture
Meeting Dec. 6, 5:30 p.m. More info & link (under SUNSHINE CORRIDOR TCAR STUDY): HTTP://FDOTWP1.DOT.STATE.FL.US/PUBLICSYNDICATION/PUBLICMEETINGS.ASPX/PUBLICMEETINGS_DISTRICT5
(Photo is from the linked article)
#PublicTransit advocates, #cyclists and #Urbanists around Watford City #NorthDakota needed to provide online public comment for the WC Long Range #Transportation /Land Use Study, which will guide the city’s future infrastructure development.
Deadline Dec. 1. Study and survey: https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/08a6b7e967a243ad8015d0f7ad63edcb
@Amtrak train #524 30 minutes delayed due to "traffic congestion". At the same time train #711 is 20 minutes delayed due to "signal problem". I really am a big supporter of #publictransportation but it must be on time!
My family thinks I'm nuts when I insist on taking the bus when I visit them in Memphis.
Yes, the Memphis transit system is criminally underfunded and sucks, but I recommend it to any tourist for the following reasons:
* Culture: There's no better way to immerse yourself in Memphis culture than to use the bus system for a few days.
* Education: If you don't quite grasp the concept of institutional racism, you definitely will after riding the Memphis transit system for a few days.
* Entertainment: I guarantee you will laugh out loud (along with the rest of the bus) at least once. One time, when the bus engine kept stalling out at a stop light, one woman yelled "Raggedy ass bus!" and got the entire bus roaring with laughter to relieve the stress. Another time, the driver received radio communication from the depot that was overheard by the entire bus: "Drivers, be on alert for a woman on Airport Way dancing in nothin' but her underwear and a big afro." All of the passengers burst into laughter.
* Humanity: One steamy hot day on a bus with insufficient air conditioning, an elderly man looked faint. Someone asked the driver to stop the bus in front of a fast food restaurant while another rider went inside to get a cup of ice water for the man. Everyone on the bus waited patiently while the man drank the water and signaled he was OK before the bus resumed its route.
We need to go back to this way of thinking!
When Cities Treated Cars as Dangerous Intruders
To many urban Americans in the 1920s, the car and its driver were tyrants that deprived others of their freedom.
by Peter Norton
"Today it is a commonplace that the automobile represents freedom. But to many Americans in the 1920s, the car and its driver were tyrants that deprived others of their freedom. Before other auto promoters, Charles Hayes saw that industry leaders had to reshape the traffic safety debate. As president of the Chicago Motor Club, Hayes warned his friends that bad publicity over traffic casualties could soon lead to 'legislation that will hedge the operation of automobiles with almost unbearable restrictions.' The solution was to persuade city people that 'the streets are made for vehicles to run upon.'"
The system is called #Umo, and the Victoria Regional Transit System was the first branch of BC Transit to pilot the new software.
RapidKL's social media accounts gained massive attention over the weekend after it shared some lighthearted yet insightful love advice.
On 11 November, #RapidKL celebrated Single's Day by sharing four love-themed poems.
Many netizen were left in stitches over RapidKL's sudden change of persona on Single's Day.
A systematic programme to address weaknesses in public transportation routes and provide gender-responsive facilities is in the works.
From feedback gathered, many women are worried when using public transport, not only while on the vehicles but also when arriving at their destinations.
Poorly lit and uneven sidewalks leading to bus stops and train stations are part of the problem.
PublicTransit advocates and #cyclists in #Missouri needed to provide public input for #JeffersonCity’s Metropolitan Transportation Plan, which will inform long-term transit infrastructure development.
More info & survey: https://www.newspressnow.com/news/regional_news/central_missouri/campo-seeks-public-input-for-transportation-improvement-in-jefferson-city-area/article_91d08f2b-d673-514a-9e71-9f8852249bc3.html
#FuckCars #WarOnCars #TheWarOnCars #autofrei #Urbanism #BikeTooter #cycling #WalkableCities #StrongTowns #TaylorSwift #ClimateCrisis #Mizzou #PublicTransportation #AutofreiMO #MO #KansasCity #Joplin #Columbia #StLouis #JoplinMO #ColumbiaMO #StLouisMO
If anyone tries to argue that a light rail system in a 100k population town would be unfeasible, just remember towns like Bellingham, WA, where I live already had an extensive electric trolley system in 1891 that was replaced in 1938 by exhaust-spewing diesel buses in favor of car culture.
The orange lines on the map indicate historic trolley lines that extended from Fairhaven 3.5 miles north to Bellingham and 4.5 miles out to Lake Whatcom.
Daily Mail: Police scanned audience for paedophiles at Beyoncé and Harry Styles concerts using facial recognition technolo
But for the results to be made clear and readily available online for the world to see.
This is a worthy read, IMHO.
Why Norway — the poster child for electric cars — is having second thoughts https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/23939076/norway-electric-vehicle-cars-evs-tesla-oslo
“If you start with a national goal for reducing transportation emissions, it will force you to focus more on public transportation and less on road construction.”
-- Bjørne Grimsrud, director of the transportation research center TØI
“Everyone agrees that 100% of cars should be electric. That’s not the question. The real question is whether you really need to own a car.”
-- Tiina Ruohonen, climate advisor to the mayor of Oslo
Residents can take the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MARCGrowthPlan
#FuckCars #WarOnCars #TheWarOnCars #autofrei #Urbanism #CarBrain #WalkableCities #StrongTowns #TaylorSwift #ClimateCrisis #PublicTransit #PublicTransportation #WashingtonDC #AutofreiMD #Baltimore #BaltimoreMD #WV #VA
The state government had inserted “strengthening connectivity through public transportation” in its Johor #Budget 2024 agenda.
The Johor government wants to encourage the people to make full use of public transportation.
#PublicTransportation is a reflection of the state of the society it exists within. As long as it is viewed as the “poor people’s option”, traffic policy will not change.
Tomorrow (Oct 30) #VTA will be making scheduled service changes! Changed routes include 26, 60, 72, 73, 500, and 522.
We’re especially excited about the weekend change for the 522: Weekend frequency will be improved to every 15 minutes from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m! 🤩🚌💨
Happy to see so many :49ers: fans on the #VTA light rail today! Trust us, taking transit to and from Levi Stadium is way better than taking a car.
- San Pedro Square, 87 N San Pedro St, San Jose, CA 95110
- 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
- No Host Bar
We'll be inside near Three Sisters bar since it's getting cooler now 🥶
Come hang out with other folks who love transit 🚌🚈🚆
If you’re a fan of transit, and want to see even better #PublicTransportation in #SantaClaraCounty and the South Bay, check out what we’re about: https://www.scc4transit.org/blog/0biul5ouozxtjj7ozof2cna7vchvl9
NEW ROUTE - Line 59 #Salinas - #Gilroy : Service between Salinas #Amtrak / Salinas #Transit Center to Gilroy Transit Center. Four daily roundtrips on weekdays only. Service will connect with #Caltrain, #VTA 68/568, and County Express service to/from #Hollister.
#Bike-and-Ride tips for MST: https://bikemonterey.org/monterey-salinas-transit-and-beyond-tips-for-people-who-bike.html
They look at how #publicTransportation availability affects access to opportunities and provide various resources to explore that, including:
- the general project page https://www.ipea.gov.br/acessooportunidades/en
- an open-source introductory book https://ipeagit.github.io/intro_access_book/
- many R and also Python (hurray ;D) libraries for fast routing or getting public transportation data https://www.ipea.gov.br/acessooportunidades/en/software/
Have you taken the survey for the Rapid's new master plan? The Transit Master Plan will strategically help The Rapid build a sustainable transit system to serve metropolitan Grand Rapids and surrounding region. The plan will take into account the recent employment and business growth in West Michigan and help align and serve the needs of the community.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/thrivingtmpsurvey #GrandRapidsMI #PublicTransportation #KentCountyMI
I’ve seen the T recover twice in my lifetime
Committed political leadership is most important variable
“In San Jose, 33% of road deaths have been linked to driving over the speed limit”
Not everyone can do it, of course, but if it's possible for you to cycle or use Public Transportation to school or work, please do it. You'll be reducing traffic, accidents, and pollution. You'll be healthier too.
Applications due Oct. 27.
#FuckCars #autofrei #CarBrain #BikeTooter #StrongTowns #TaylorSwift #ClimateCrisis #TX #AutofreiTX #Lubbock #Dallas #Houston #Austin #AustinTX #CorpusChristi #DFW #Abilene #Amarillo #ElPaso #DallasTX #HoustonTX #AbileneTX #LubbockTX
#PublicTransit advocates in #Michigan needed to complete a survey on the Rapid bus system’s 20-year #transportation vision. It “seeks to identify what the public needs from The Rapid in both the short and long term.”
#FuckCars #WarOnCars #autofrei #Urbanism #CarBrain #BikeTooter #cycling #StrongTowns #TaylorSwift #ClimateCrisis #PublicTransportation #MI #AutofreiMI #Detroit #Lansing #Kalamazoo #GrandRapids #Mackinaw #BayCity #AnnArbor
#PublicTransit, #Urbanism and #Biking advocates in #Oklahoma needed to comment on the ODOT’s Carbon Reduction Strategy, a $106M effort to deliver a more reliable and cleaner #transportation network to #OK.
The online form is available until Oct. 16: https://oklahoma.gov/odot/citizen/newsroom/2023/odot-seeks-public-input-on-carbon-reduction-strategy.html
#FuckCars #WarOnCars #TheWarOnCars #autofrei #Urbanists #CarBrain #BikeTooter #cycling #WalkableCities #StrongTowns #TaylorSwift #ClimateCrisis #PublicTransportation #Tulsa #OKC #OklahomaCity #TulsaOK #AutofreiOk
Residents can comment using the interactive survey available through Oct. 6.
The survey doesn’t close until Feb., so let’s try to get a lot of responses!
#FuckCars #WarOnCars #autofrei #Urbanism #CarBrain #BikeTooter #cycling #WalkableCities #StrongTowns #TaylorSwift #ClimateCrisis #PublicTransportation #AutofreiFL #Orlando #Miami #Tallahassee #Gainesville #Pensacola #PanamaCity #Jacksonville #fl #Desantis
The trains in this pic:
KLIA Express (right) - a train from the international airport to KL Sentral, the central train station
(left, below) KTM Komuter - city transit
LRTs - the rest are light rail transits that come to an from various townships to KL.
The Nordic nation’s rate of vehicle fatalities is a fraction of the toll in the #US, despite a harsh climate and ice-covered streets. Here’s how the Finns do traffic safety.
by David Zipper
"The 1960s were a boom time for #Helsinki, Finland’s capital and largest city. Rising postwar incomes enabled a growing number of residents to purchase a car; the number of vehicles registered in the city tripled in just seven years. #Gridlock inevitably followed.
"To manage traffic and plot its future, the city of Helsinki commissioned a transportation master plan, co-authored by the US company Wilbur Smith & Associates and the Finnish firm Pentti Polvinen ky. In 1968, the consultants delivered their eye-watering proposal: nearly 200 miles of new highways in the Helsinki region, with much of downtown leveled to create space for high-speed motorways. The city’s existent streetcar system would be scrapped.
"The Finnish response to that vision was an emphatic ei (“no”). According to the newspaper Helsingin Sanomat, the rejected 1968 plan 'has become a kind of dystopia, an extreme example of what car-driven planning can lead to.'
"Instead of committing its future to the automobile, as so many US cities did in that era, Helsinki kept its streetcars and embarked on a massive transit expansion. The city constructed the world’s northernmost subway, which opened in 1982. As of 2016, roughly a quarter of urban trips in Finland occur on foot, over 9% by transit, and 7.5% by bike. (In the Helsinki metropolitan area, which has a population about 1.3 million, those numbers are even higher.) One in seven Finns live in rural areas, roughly equivalent to the US share.
"The Finnish transportation system is as impressive for its safety as it is for its multimodality. Only 219 people died on Finnish roads in 2021, or four per 100,000 residents — just one-third the US rate. And Finland’s roadways are growing steadily safer. Fatalities plunged 50% between 2001 and 2019, when Helsinki made international news for going an entire year without a single pedestrian or cyclist fatality. (Last year there were two, down from 22 in 1990.) Like its neighbors #Norway and #Sweden, birthplace of the #VisionZero traffic safety movement, Finland’s roads today are safer than they have been in decades — unlike so many of the US cities that have tried to adopt Vision Zero principles.
"As I’ve written previously in CityLab, the US is an outlier in global #RoadSafety: Americans are now at least twice as likely to die in a vehicle crash as residents of Canada, France and Japan (among many other countries).
"But the safety record of Finland, a country associated with empty, rural roads and cold, dark weather, is particularly impressive. Here are a few reasons why so few people die in crashes in this Nordic nation.
"Set Stricter Limits
"Soon after dumping Helsinki’s car-centric 1968 plan, Finnish authorities embarked on a decades-long campaign to slow motor vehicles. 'In urban environments, there has been a steady decrease in maximum road speed,' said Heikki Liimatainen, a professor of transport and logistics at Tampere University. 'In the 1970s, it was normally 50 kilometers per hour in cities; then in 2000, it went down to 40 km/h. Now, more than half of our urban streets have a 30 km/h limit.'
"In Helsinki, city officials leverage street design to reinforce lower speed limits. 'We deliberately have narrow lanes, so the driver doesn’t feel comfortable,' said Reetta Putkonen, the director of Helsinki’s transportation planning division. 'Three and a half meters is a normal lane width, even 3.2. We also use trees and bushes to push people to go slower.' For comparison, in the US many lanes are 12 feet (3.7 meters) wide."
#Georgia #PublicTransit advocates are encouraged to attend a public virtual meeting on Sept. 25 to discuss the #Atlanta BeltLine #LightRail project, which promises to connect residents with jobs, entertainment and educational opportunities in the city.
For details: https://archive.ph/p0zKp
#Indiana #PublicTransit advocates needed to comment on "Michiana on the Move," a plan by Elkhart County to improve and maintain active transportation infrastructure and #PublicTransportation.
Online comments will be open until Oct. 9, and a public open house will take place Sept. 21
#IN #AutofreiIN #Indianapolis #FortWayne #SouthBend #FtWayne #FuckCars #WarOnCars #TheWarOnCars #autofrei #Urbanism #CarBrain #BikeTooter #cycling #StrongTowns #TaylorSwift #Klimaschutz
"For 15 dollars a ride, we could pay for #Uber to pick up every one of the Metro riders at their house, give door-to-door service to wherever they're going, and probably have money left over."
"Bring ideas, concerns, hopes and dreams for better transportation alternatives in Saratoga.”
The Lehigh Valley Planning Commission seeks public comment on its $4 billion Long-Range Transportation Plan, which includes improvements to #PublicTransit. Comment will be accepted until Oct. 6.
The plan, including an interactive map, and the form to comment are linked here: https://www.lehighvalleynews.com/local-news/lvpc-seeking-public-comment-for-4-39-billion-long-range-transportation-plan
Funny how the argument for self-driving cars usually turns into an argument against #cars in general.
Any #Urbanists in Thurston County, #WA want to work on local #PublicTransit? Intercity Transit (IT) seeks 20 people to provide input on local #publictransportation issues on its Community Advisory Committee.
IT is especially seeking representatives from the following communities: Veterans; BIPOC; People living with disabilities; Fixed-income families; LGBTQ+; Seniors; Youth.
This week, I had a second go at collecting every single one of the Taipei MRT station stamps in one day.
What are station stamps? Many places in Taiwan (museums, railway stations, temples, even some restaurants), have unique rubber stamps that visitors can ink up and collect in a notebook. If you hunt around every MRT station in Taipei, you’ll find one. They’re usually kept close to the ticket barriers nearest the staffed help desk, and most are located outside the ticket barriers in the unpaid area of the station.
When the new TPass (a travel pass which gives you access to all MRT stations, train stations, buses and YouBikes across Taipei, New Taipei, Keelung and Taoyuan for NT$1200/month) was released, I decided to try and visit every single MRT station in one day. I failed. But that first attempt made me even more sure that it was possible, and determined to give it a second shot.
So that’s how I spent my day off this week. It took me almost exactly 17 hours to collect every single stamp, and in the process of doing so, I travelled over 180km. It is not something I am ever planning on doing again. (But I’ve heard there will be a new stop on the red line in the not too distant future…)
#Taipei #MRT #metro #TaipeiMRT #台北捷運 #Travel #TravelTaiwan #TravelChallenge #StampCollecting #VisitTaiwan #PublicTransport #PublicTransportation #PublicTransit #travelblogger #TravelTheWorld
Over the next few months, Cobb County, #Georgia officials will begin public outreach to get feedback on proposals pay for a bus rapid transit system.
“The majority of voters that support this project . . . are unable to show up and voice their support in part due to the very lack of transit that we’re trying to get in place now.”
Location: Grass Recreation Center at 501 W. 32nd St. in the Large Meeting Room
Times: Aug. 29 and Sept. 12 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
#Autofreitx #Tx #Austin #Houston #Dallas #Amarillo #DFW #FortWorth #FuckCars #WarOnCars #TheWarOnCars #autofrei #Urbanism #15minuteCities #CarBrain #WalkableCities #StrongTowns #TaylorSwift #Klimaschutz #PublicTransportation
After London, I had the same excellent experience in Milan to #pay-as-you-go with credit card for #publicTransportation. The nerd in me wants to know how this works? How can be controlled that I have a ticket? In Milan you pay 2.20 Euro for a period of 90 minutes, but you can change between metro, bus or tram
One way I've enjoyed contributing to the #FuckCars cause is by posting info about local elections, ballot initiatives, public meetings, etc. impacting the future of #PublicTransportation. I believe these are low-risk, high-reward opportunities to support #PublicTransit and change public discourse on the topic. So, I want to start a hashtag campaign, or announce a personal practice, intended to better target this info . . . 1/2
I met M on a train platform in Portland Maine (USA)
He grew up amid gangs and drugs and he made it out
He told me a story about a turtle and a lizard riding on the turtle’s shell. ‘Which is more important - the journey or the destination?’, asked the lizard. ‘The company’, answered the turtle.
M’s story is awesome and his message is “be kind”. It was one of the best conversations I’ve had in my life.
Side note - #publictransportation made it possible
Gwinnett County #Georgia to hold public workshops on local #PublicTransit expansions, including microtransit 🙄, on Aug. 19 and 23. A good opportunity to come out in support of real #PublicTransportation solutions.
#FuckCars #WarOnCars #TheWarOnCars #autofrei #Urbanism #15minuteCities #CarBrain #WalkableCities #StrongTowns #TaylorSwift #Klimaschutz #GA #FultonCounty #Atlanta #macon #LaGrange #Waynesboro #Statesboro #Gainesville #PeachtreeCity #FortValley
This is the cumulative efforts of yesterday’s attempt to collect as many MRT station stamps as possible. I got 106 unique stamps out of a total of 122. I was unable to collect the final 3 on the yellow line, and 13 on the orange line. I also skipped the light rail stations.
For anyone who is so inclined, I think it is possible to collect all in one day provided that you make sure you’re at the starting terminal station of wherever you’re beginning at opening time and take provisions with you.
Will you examine areas where transit services objects to safer street designs, causing more pedestrian deaths and injuries?
In #Oakland, #ACTransit does not like speed cushions, for example, resulting in vehicles speeding on bus lanes.
BRT line was designed in a way which increased traffic deaths.
We're working on solutions to problems, AC Transit, #OakDOT, fire department, etc, but it is not an easy process
#Oakland has fire department and
- most of the time drive 50 km/h or more
- can drive with little exertion for many hours, with just short breaks
- usually take their whole travel via car
- are protected from adverse weather
- usually walk up to 6 km/h
- walking takes significant effort, so they can usually walk for a few hours at most
- usually are reliant on #PublicTransportation and therefore need to be at stops on time
- are directly affected by adverse weather, plus cars driving fast through puddles
So how does it make sense that *drivers* are constantly in a hurry and need to be prioritized and privileged all the time? It's fine that pedestrians need to stop at traffic lights all the time. It's fine that pedestrians need to make a few kilometer detour to pass through an expressway. It's an nondescript horror when a pedestrian dares to cross the road and the car needs to stop!
5) Timelapse photographer Vincent Woo attached a camera to a BART train in the Bay Area, capturing footage to create “Tunnel Vision: An Unauthorized BART Ride.”
“A hidden world is revealed through intersecting passageways, flashes of graffiti, and sections of track only witnessed by BART operators.”
Watch the 1 hour 30 minute documentary here: https://youtu.be/3-Jrp6it9Ss
Can better US transit service reduce crash deaths? Yes!
Join me on Aug 3 @ 12 ET to discuss how.
Free to register via National Safety Council: https://t.co/lZj3Xd6br9
The rockstar panel will include:
- NTSB Chair Jennifer Homendy
- FTA Deputy Administrator Veronica Vanterpool
- Jacksonville Transportation Authority CEO Nat Ford
@EU_Commission things are far worse over here in North America. I'm excited to be taking the train to and from my fall vacation with my wife and friends but on average, train travel isn't even an option for most people in #Canada, despite being a country built around rail.
Good luck! Keep being an example.
TIL something about #Alabama: "In the state where Rosa Parks, a Montgomery seamstress, catalyzed the civil rights movement nearly 70 years ago by taking a seat near the front of a city bus, a prohibition against state funding for #PublicTransportation is embedded in Alabama’s Jim Crow-era Constitution." And the state has the US's highest per capita gasoline consumption. https://insideclimatenews.org/news/19072023/alabama-mass-transit-funding/
🛣️ Should public buses be free? | CNN
"More major cities in the United States are letting public transit riders hop on board for free.
Kansas City; Raleigh; Richmond; Olympia; Tucson; Alexandria, Virginia; and other cities are testing dropping fares on their transit systems. Denver is dropping fares across its system this summer. Boston is piloting three zero-fare public bus routes, and New York City is expected to test free buses on five lines"
Going over the Manhattan Bridge to Brooklyn earlier this evening on the Q train. The light was so beautiful. I don't often post video here, I think it takes up so much space on the server etc but what if an asteroid lands on NYC tonight wouldn't it be a shame that nobody got to see this?
I'm going to keep @mtaupdates up and running for the foreseeable future (next week I'll post a tutorial on how I made it), but if you want to keep on top of any changes and disruptions to the public transit here in NYC, definitely check out @kona's transit bots:
If you're in NYC on June 10, be sure to stop by the Emily Warren Roebling Plaza in Brooklyn Bridge Park to get a free ride in one of the vintage buses from the last 90 years of transit history.