Free Republic 4th Quarter Fundraising Target: $85,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $69,645
Woo hoo!! And now less than $15.5k to go!! We can do this. Thank you all very much!!

Keyword: transit

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Met Council board not big transit riders, survey finds

    10/21/2014 5:13:51 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 4 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 10-20-14 | Eric Roper
    Most members of the Metropolitan Council rarely use the public transportation system they are in charge of overseeing, based on transit pass usage and a Star Tribune survey of the 17-member body. Met Council members receive a free transit pass as part of their appointments to the board. Information obtained through an open records request shows that 10 of those passes were never used in the past year. Five council members swiped their cards between 10 and 21 times, while just two registered more than 70 rides. By comparison, a full year of two-way weekday commutes would rack up closer...
  • Grand Rapids Transit Agency Defends New Bus Line

    09/19/2014 6:14:08 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/15/2014 | Anne Schieber
    The new $40 million bus line in Grand Rapids has been promoted in the media as a quicker alternative to travel, but timed trips by Capitol Confidential questioned that. Compared to travel by a car, the bus took twice as long. “We never claimed it would be faster than a car,” said Rapid Spokesperson Jennifer Kalczuk. The Rapid is the authority that runs the $40 million Silver Line BRT. She said the Silver Line saves time over a conventional bus taking the same route. Capital Confidential found a two-second difference between the two lines. Kalczuk says more riders will be...
  • $40 Million ‘Rapid’ Silver Line Bus Takes Twice as Long as a Car

    09/11/2014 12:54:38 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 18 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/10/2014 | Anne Schieber
    GRAND RAPIDS – Commuters looking for a faster way to travel may have to look beyond Michigan’s first “rapid transit” bus line. The service, which began the last week in August in Grand Rapids and is known as the Silver Line, cost taxpayers $40 million but takes twice as long as a car driving the same route. The service is called “rapid” because the buses have their own lane and bus drivers can signal traffic lights to stay green. The buses also feature newly installed bus stops where you buy your ticket from a machine and validate it before you...
  • Coalition Urges Malloy, Foley To Consider Taxes, Tolls to Raise Transportation Money

    08/20/2014 12:08:04 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Hartford Courant ^ | August 19, 2014 | GREGORY B. HLADKY
    HARTFORD - A broad coalition of environmental, economic, regional and construction groups urged Connecticut's gubernatorial candidates Tuesday to conduct a debate focused on transportation issues, and to consider higher taxes and tolls to pay for the state's dire transportation needs. The activists put out a four-point program they said the state's next governor must consider, and expressed concern about the possibility that massive federal funding for highways and mass transit might dry up in the next few years. The coalition's key issues are: •Making certain that state revenue that is supposed to be devoted to transportation - such as gas...
  • JOSEPH GIGLIO: Let the Highway Trust Fund crumble

    07/14/2014 11:46:51 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    The Quincy Patriot Ledger ^ | July 12, 2014 | Joseph Giglio
    The federal Highway Trust Fund, which provides transportation funding to the states, is projected to run dry in August. But with a technology-driven revolution underway in the way Americans use surface transportation, applying yesterday’s solution and simply replenishing the fund won’t solve the problem. According to the Obama administration, if the fund is exhausted, states will be forced to put off 112,000 highway construction and 5,600 transit projects, resulting in the loss of 700,000 jobs. When dealing with the government, there are always plenty of zeroes to go around. The traditional source of revenue for the trust fund is the...
  • Transportation crisis looms, Obama officials warn

    07/01/2014 10:46:54 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 1, 2014 1:36 PM EDT | Joan Lowy
    The Obama administration warns that gridlock in Washington will lead to gridlock across the country if lawmakers can’t quickly agree on how to pay for highway and transit programs. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said Tuesday that states will begin to feel the pain of cutbacks in highway and transit aid as soon as the first week in August—peak summer driving time. That’s because the balance in the federal Highway Trust Fund is dropping and will soon go below $4 billion. …
  • O’Toole: Why is Congress still running the transportation system?

    06/28/2014 9:12:25 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    The Greeley Tribune ^ | June 27, 2014 | Randal O'Toole
    Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden has proposed a three-month transportation bill. Three more months, he says, will give Congress a chance to figure out a long-term solution. The only problem is that Congress had three months three months ago and did nothing. Meanwhile, Sens. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and Bob Corker, R-Tenn., have proposed to increase gas taxes by 12 cents a gallon. Considering that the gas tax hasn’t been increased in more than 20 inflation-filled years, this would seem to make sense.It doesn’t, however, because a gas tax increase assumes there is a shortage of funds for transportation. Instead, the real...
  • Rethinking Federal Highway and Transit Funding

    05/20/2014 10:06:25 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    The Cato Institute ^ | May 6, 2014 | Chris Edwards
    Mr. Chairman and members of the committee, thank you for inviting me to testify today regarding the federal role in highway and transit funding.Federal policymakers are considering ways to close the large funding gap in the Highway Trust Fund. One option would be to reduce spending and downsize the federal role in transportation. That approach would encourage state governments to pursue their own innovative solutions for highways and transit, such as new types of user charges, public-private partnerships, and privatization.Federal aid programs for highways and transit have many shortcomings. Aid redistributes transportation funds between the states in ways that are...
  • The Right Way to Avoid the Transportation Cliff

    05/20/2014 7:48:41 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    The Cato Institute ^ | May 13, 2014 | Randal O'Toole
    President Obama’s visit this week to the Tappan Zee Bridge in New York is intended to push Congress to approve billions of dollars in infrastructure spending increases. But throwing more money at transit just puts more cash into the hands of government contractors, while doing little for commuters. The federal Highway Trust Fund is expected to run out of money in a few months, and unless Congress replenishes it, state highway projects will supposedly grind to a halt. Special interest groups are working overtime to create a crisis atmosphere about the so-called “transportation cliff.” In fact, this is more of...
  • There is No Renaissance in Public Transit Use

    04/09/2014 6:39:06 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 21 replies
    MinnPost ^ | 4-9-14 | Katherine Kersten
    Are we seeing a renaissance in public transit use by Americans? The answer is yes, if you believe a new report from the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the transit industry's lobby group. In fact, APTA's report is a textbook example of how deceiving statistics can be. The report states that in 2013, the number of transit trips was nearly 10.7 billion nationally--the highest since 1956, according to APTA. Michael Melaniphy, APTA's CEO, hailed what he called "a fundamental shift" in how Americans choose to get around. But even strong supporters of public transit like Michael Manville, David King and...
  • Emergency brake failed to stop Chicago train

    03/25/2014 3:15:24 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 11 replies
    AP/Pioneer Press ^ | 3-25-14 | JASON KEYSER
    CHICAGO—An emergency track-side braking system activated but failed to stop a Chicago commuter train from jumping the tracks and barreling to the top of an escalator at O'Hare International Airport, a federal investigator said Tuesday. The events that led to Monday's accident, which occurred around 3 a.m. and injured more than 30 passengers, might have begun with the train operator dozing off toward the end of her shift, according the union representing transit workers. But Tuesday's announcement that a piece of emergency safety equipment might have failed was the first indication the accident could have been caused by human error...
  • In California, Thousands Exposed to Measles

    02/13/2014 8:51:41 PM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 117 replies
    NBC News ^ | February 13 20124 | By JoNel Aleccia
    Thousands of San Francisco Bay Area residents may have been exposed to measles last week when an unvaccinated student at the Unversity of California, Berkeley, attended classes and rode the area's BART transit system. Public health officials in Contra Costa County, outside of San Francisco, said anyone riding BART from Feb. 4 to Feb. 7 during the morning or late evening commutes could have been exposed to the highly contagious respiratory virus. The young man in his 20s lives in the county and was confirmed to have measles on Wednesday. He was likely infected while traveling recently in Asia, health...
  • Man set on fire while sleeping on AC Transit bus (in Oakland)

    11/05/2013 1:57:32 PM PST · by Zakeet · 7 replies
    KTVU News ^ | November 5, 2013
    Investigators were trying Tuesday to locate a suspect who intentionally set an AC Transit passenger on fire the evening before in Oakland, according to police. The bus was traveling near the intersection of MacArthur Boulevard and Ardley Avenue, near Interstate Highway 580, when the man was set on fire at about 5:20 p.m., police said. "He was asleep," Oakland police spokeswoman Johnna Watson said. "He woke up and his clothes were on fire." When officers arrived at the scene, they found the victim suffering from burns to his lower body, according to police. AC Transit spokesman Clarence Johnson said...
  • The Road Less Traveled

    10/01/2013 1:48:42 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    Bethesday Magazine ^ | September 2013 | Eugene L. Meyer
    Driven on the Intercounty Connector lately? No? You’re not alone. Many haven’t. The 18.8-mile highway—the first stretch of which opened two and a half years ago after great hype and amid great controversy—is the road less traveled. Traffic counts are well below early projections, and revenue from tolls—needed to pay off the bonds that were sold to build the road—is far less than originally anticipated. The initial estimated cost of $1 billion has ballooned to $2.4 billion—or as much as $4 billion if you include interest payments. Consequently, all tolls on Maryland highways, bridges and tunnels have been raised in...
  • 74% Rarely or Never Use Mass Transit

    08/08/2013 6:36:55 PM PDT · by george76 · 82 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | August 06, 2013
    just six percent (6%) of American Adults use mass transit services such as buses, subways, trains or ferries every day or nearly every day. ... three-out-of-four Americans (74%) say they rarely or never use mass transit
  • San Francisco's Transit Strike Is Creating Insane Traffic

    07/01/2013 9:20:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/01/2013 | ALEX DAVIES
    The Bay Area Rapid Transit system, aka BART, has been shut down by a workers' strike that started at midnight. That means that the system's 400,000 daily riders have to find alternate ways to get to work. Naturally, a lot of them are driving. San Francisco already has some of the worst traffic in the country, and now things have gotten a lot worse. Here's what the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge looked like early this morning: [CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE PHOTO]
  • Can’t Afford to Pay Bus Drivers, But . . .

    03/14/2013 4:58:13 PM PDT · by BfloGuy · 5 replies
    The Antiplanner ^ | 3/14/2013 | The Antiplanner
    Neil McFarlane, the general manager of Portland’s TriMet transit agency, stunned Portland-area residents recently when he warned that the agency would have to cut service by 70 percent unless unions agreed to reduced benefits in upcoming contract negotiations. When he did so, he piously noted that TriMet’s non-union managers have had a pay freeze for four years.Turns out that pay freeze was more imaginary than real. In the last year alone, TriMet gave its managers pay increases totaling nearly $1 million. McFarlane alone received a 3 percent raise, which–considering his previous pay was $215,000 a year–means a $6,450 boost to...
  • High-Priced Bus Drivers In Lansing

    03/04/2013 7:12:20 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 12 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/28/2013 | Tom Gantert
    The Lansing bus authority had 69 drivers who made $60,000 or more in 2012, including one who earned $104,411. The Capital Area Transportation Authority had 236 bus drivers in 2012, many of which were part time. Salaries ranged from under $1,000, to 34 bus drivers who made more than $70,000, according to information obtained from a Freedom of Information Act request. The salaries include overtime. In recent years, customer bus fares have covered only about 15 percent of the system's total operating costs. “CATA has the lowest cost per passenger ($2.37) of any transit system in the state of Michigan....
  • Transit officials call for restrictions if concealed carry law is enacted

    02/24/2013 8:34:39 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 38 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | February 23, 2013 | By Monique Garcia and Richard Wronski
    Worried transit officials asked lawmakers to imagine a CTA train packed with inebriated, possibly irate fans after a Cubs night game, then consider the wisdom of adding gun-toting passengers to the potentially volatile mix. Or what if a thief grabbed a bus rider's iPhone — a not-uncommon crime — and an armed commuter tried to stop the criminal? Those scenarios were raised Friday by Chicago transit officials, who called on state legislators to prohibit anyone from carrying a weapon on buses and trains if a concealed-carry law is adopted in Illinois. Transit agencies across the state contend that allowing individuals...
  • Dayton's transportation group urges higher gas tax, tab fees

    12/01/2012 6:45:49 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 9 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 12-1-12 | Martiga Lohn
    Gov. Mark Dayton's own transportation advisory panel called Friday for a higher state gas tax and other fees and taxes to raise at least $50 billion more for roads and transit over the coming two decades. The Transportation Finance Advisory Committee's recommendations aim to improve the state's roads and expand transit, including new light rail lines, as a boost to the state's economy. Dayton created the group in January, saying a deteriorating transportation system was hurting economic growth. Dayton spokesman Katharine Tinucci said the governor has yet to review the recommendations. The report comes as the Democratic governor is preparing...
  • Zoo Interchange lawsuit well-intended, misguided (interchange rebuild is raaaaacist!)

    08/17/2012 7:20:33 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | August 14, 2012 | Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
    Yes, transit in the Milwaukee region should be improved to give citizens, especially the many inner city residents without driver's licenses, better transportation options. And, yes, the state should ramp up transit aid and road maintenance even at the expense of new highway projects. But none of that means that reconstruction of the Zoo Interchange in Milwaukee County should be delayed and that planning for the interchange rebuild should go back to square one, as a lawsuit filed last week seeks to do. The interchange, the busiest in Wisconsin, is vital to commerce and the state's economy. It needs the...
  • Twin Cities to host 2014 national transit advocacy conference

    08/02/2012 9:09:55 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 10 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 8-2-12 | Frederick Melo
    Organizers of a national transit advocacy conference have chosen the Twin Cities as the host site for their fall 2014 event, which is expected to draw roughly 1,000 rail enthusiasts and transit planners from across the country. The "Rail-Volution" board of directors approved a joint proposal from the Counties Transit Improvement Board, the Metropolitan Council and the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Organizers say their next step is to find a Twin Cities conference site. The timing is no coincidence. In 2014, the Green Line -- currently more commonly known as the Central Corridor light-rail transit line -- will begin taking...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Venus Transits the Midnight Sun

    06/20/2012 3:41:10 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    NASA ^ | June 20, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Today's solstice, the astronomical beginning of summer in the north, is at 23:09 UT when the Sun reaches the northernmost declination in its yearly trek through planet Earth's sky. While most in the northern hemisphere will experience the longest day of the year, for some the Sun won't set at all, still standing just above the horizon at midnight as far south as about 66.6 degrees northern latitude. Of course, as summer comes to the north the midnight Sun comes earlier to higher latitudes. Recorded near midnight, this time series from June 6 follows the Sun gliding above a...
  • Cities Resist Regional Plan to Limit Sprawl

    06/16/2012 8:19:22 AM PDT · by Twotone · 2 replies
    SF Public Press ^ | June 13, 2012 | Angela Hart
    Weak regional agencies could miss pollution targets if they are unable to persuade local leaders to change A high-profile effort to focus new Bay Area housing into energy-efficient transit villages is seen as unworkable even as it makes its public debut this summer, say urban planners, because regional government lacks the authority to make cities build dense urban neighborhoods.
  • Local officials look at BRT options as transportation budgets shrink

    06/10/2012 9:37:43 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies
    The Examiner ^ | June 8, 2012 | Rachel Baye
    Government officials in the Washington region, as well as nationwide, are looking increasingly to bus rapid transit for new transit options as they face tightening public purses. BRT plans are under way in Alexandria and Arlington County, where buses are planned to travel from Braddock Road to Pentagon City. Alexandria expects to begin construction in July and start running buses in dedicated lanes in December 2013, said Abi Lerner, Alexandria's deputy director of transportation. Arlington expects to complete its half of the system in spring 2014. Across the Potomac, Montgomery County officials have proposed a 160-mile system with 23 routes....
  • And the Red Ink Flows Freely on the Red Line

    04/28/2012 7:10:24 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 11 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | April 28, 2012 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    What Chicagoans now call The Red Line is a century-old commuter train, part of the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA). It runs all the way from Howard Street on the north to 95th Street on the south. As Aliotta-Haynes-Jeremiah famously said of nearby Lake Shore Drive, it’ll take you “from rags on up to riches” in just fifteen minutes. But unlike the scenic LSD, this train line can also give you a close-up view of some pretty rough neighborhoods, making some stations very dangerous. And the more dangerous a place is, the more you put off repairing it, until the cost...
  • Maryland special session goals conflict

    04/26/2012 7:20:51 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 25, 2012 | David Hill
    With the Maryland General Assembly looking toward two possible special sessions this year, some lawmakers are calling for an expanded agenda to address long-term transportation funding. Gov. Martin O'Malley and House leaders have made clear that they want to devote a May special session exclusively to passing new revenue and income-tax increases to supplement a $35.4-billion budget that currently includes more than $500 million in cuts because of the assembly’s failure to pass a revenue package during the regular session. Mr. O'Malley, a Democrat, said Tuesday that is his only priority for a May special session. Other proposals would have...
  • O'Malley may try for sales tax increase to fund roads, transit

    04/05/2012 5:08:25 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | April 3, 2012 | Michael Dresser and Annie Linskey
    Gov. Martin O'Malley says he still hopes to convince the legislature to raise money for highway and transit projects — possibly by adding another penny to Maryland's six-percent sales tax and dedicating the extra revenue to transportation. In an interview with The Baltimore Sun, O'Malley conceded that his initial proposal to apply the sales tax to gasoline is dead in the General Assembly. But he said an alternative would be a delayed implementation of that proposal, with the sales tax not being applied until gas prices fell to a certain level. A second option, he said, would be to raise...
  • MBTA Police Investigating Video Of Woman Attacking Man On Red Line

    03/12/2012 6:56:40 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 31 replies
    CBS-Boston ^ | March 10, 2012
    BOSTON (CBS) – Video of an apparent attack on the MBTA’s Red Line that appeared on YouTube this week has not gone unnoticed by MBTA police. The explicit video turned up on YouTube Thursday. It shows a woman standing on the train yelling and cursing at a man. The witness who posted the video says the man had “brushed up against her dog when going to sit down“ and that the woman was unhappy about it.
  • Transit union hires Democratic lobbying firm to help end bus-driver fatigue

    02/26/2012 4:10:06 PM PST · by Libloather · 1 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/26/12 | Kevin Bogardus
    Transit union hires Democratic lobbying firm to help end bus-driver fatigueBy Kevin Bogardus - 02/26/12 01:20 PM ET A major transit union has hired a well-connected Democratic lobbying firm to help with its push for bus drivers' overtime pay. The Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) has hired the Ickes & Enright Group to lobby on the highway bill as well as on legislation that would remove an overtime pay exemption for intercity bus drivers. The firm began working for the union on Jan. 1, according to lobbying disclosure records, on what has become a huge issue for bus operators and companies:...
  • Why higher gas taxes are the right medicine for Maryland (BARF)

    02/18/2012 1:44:27 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 42 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Post (BARF) ^ | February 17, 2012 | Douglas M. Duncan
    For years, we’ve been hearing from experts across the political spectrum about the need to invest more in our failing transportation infrastructure in Maryland. The D.C. region is at the top of the list of the most-congested cities in America, and Baltimore is not far behind. Almost half of Maryland’s roads and bridges are in poor or mediocre condition, and 55 percent of our urban highways are heavily congested. Maryland’s construction industry and its thousands of workers have been decimated by years of severe cuts in transportation investment. Despite what is clearly a growing need, Maryland’s transportation program is a...
  • McDonnell: No gas tax during recession

    02/02/2012 1:59:27 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    WTOP ^ | January 31, 2012 | WTOP
    WASHINGTON - A day after the governor of Maryland said he would like to institute a percentage tax on gasoline, the chief executive of Virginia said he would not seek any additional taxes during a recession, particularly on gas, despite a significant demand for more transit projects. Both states have looked to sales tax to resolve their transportation funding woes. On Monday, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley said he would like to do away with a ban on sales tax for gasoline, to add to its existing 23-cent flat tax. Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has a different approach. "I will not...
  • Motorists Paying for Bike Paths, Museums

    12/29/2011 9:13:04 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 22 replies · 1+ views
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/29/2011 | Russ Harding
    Where I live outside of Lansing, there are new bike paths sporting shiny asphalt, but the roads are crumbling. Motorists might be surprised to learn that of the 18.4 cents per gallon of federal gas tax they pay at the pump, only about 11 cents goes to maintain highways and bridges. According to federal law, about 10 percent of federal highway funds must be used for projects such as highway beautification and transportation museums. According to a new National Center for Policy Analysis report, “Paying for Pet Projects at the Pump,” the Federal Highway Administration also allocates gas tax revenues...
  • Maryland commission set to recommend gas-tax hike

    10/12/2011 8:09:35 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 11, 2011 | David Hill
    ANNAPOLIS — A Maryland commission will likely recommend that the General Assembly gradually increase the state’s gas tax to help pay for transportation projects and road maintenance, its chairman said Tuesday. Members of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Maryland Transportation Funding tentatively agreed on a plan that would generate more than $800 million in annual transportation revenue by raising the state’s 23.5-cents-a-gallon gas tax and hiking several vehicle and transit fees. More than half the revenue would come from raising the gas tax by 5 cents for three consecutive years, bringing it to 38.5 cents a gallon. That rate would...
  • Not feeling groovy: TriMet puls plug on 'sonic bile path' idea

    10/06/2011 12:02:33 PM PDT · by Wicket · 20 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | 10/6/11 | Joseph Rose
    For Portland bicycle commuters hoping that TriMet would build a “sonic bike path” connecting to the nation’s largest car-free bridge, Thursday was the day the music died. The idea was for an intricate sequence of concrete grooves on the path that would play Simon and Garfunkel's "59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)” when bicycle tires rolled over them. . . . Citing concerns about cost, safety and design, the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail project’s art advisory committee told TriMet and Portland’s Bicycle Advisory Committee today that it has voted to ditch the proposal.
  • Transit Authority: $1 Million Deficit, Highest Paid Executives

    10/04/2011 12:50:15 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/4/2011 | Tom Gantert
    The Ann Arbor Transportation Authority has a nearly $1 million deficit projected for fiscal 2011-12 at a time when its top executives are among the highest paid transit bosses in the state. The AATA has eight employees making $90,000 or more, according to a Freedom of Information Act request. The AATA has 171 employees and a $21.4 million operating budget. Grand Rapids, which has 308 employees and a $31.9 million operating budget, had four employees making $90,000 or more. Flint, which has a $21 million operating budget, has two employees making $90,000 or more. Jackson Transit Agency’s highest paid employee...
  • Maryland assembly may put off gas-tax hike

    09/15/2011 5:54:12 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 14, 2011 | David Hill
    ANNAPOLIS — A Senate leader in the Democrat-controlled General Assembly said Wednesday that a proposal to increase the state’s gas tax might get shelved during its 2012 session because of anticipated budget woes and public outcry. Senate Budget and Taxation Committee Chairman Edward J. Kasemeyer, Baltimore County Democrat, said legislators will likely have their hands full attempting to close an anticipated $1 billion budget shortfall and might not get around to considering a proposal to raise the 23.5-cents-a-gallon excise tax. A state-appointed commission recommended last week that lawmakers pass $520 million in tax and fee increases to fund improvements to...
  • Hiawatha Line contractors to pay $4.6M in hiring dispute

    08/25/2011 11:22:19 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB
    MPLS Star & Sickle ^ | 8-25-11 | DAVID PHELPS
    During construction of the Hiawatha Line, the joint venture in charge of the light-rail project told federal authorities that minority and disadvantaged subcontractors were being included. Now it has agreed to pay the government $4.6 million to resolve allegations that those claims were false. According to the Justice Department, Minnesota Transit Constructors Inc. violated the federal false claims act by telling federal transportation officials that it hired companies qualified as Disadvantaged Business Enterprises to work on the light rail. The program helps businesses owned by minorities, women and other disadvantaged individuals obtain work on federal construction projects.
  • FBI Wants Help Identifying Man Acting 'Suspiciously' Near Charlotte Light Rail

    06/22/2011 11:26:40 PM PDT · by Cindy · 24 replies ^ | 11:44 a.m. EDT, June 21, 2011 | Staff Writer
    SNIPPET: "CHARLOTTE, N.C.— The FBI is asking for the public's help in identifying a man who was seen near a restricted area along the light rail near uptown Charlotte. A worker monitoring security cameras said the man was spotted in the area in late April, according to investigators. The man was clearly in an area he wasn't supposed to be in and was acting suspiciously, the FBI said."
  • MTA Officers Detain Man For Taking Pictures (Lie to him/detain him)

    06/02/2011 8:48:45 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 24 replies · 1+ views
    CBS Baltimore ( ^ | 01 JUN 11 | Pat Warren
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Maryland Transit Administration says more training may be called for after three MTA officers detained a man for taking pictures at a light rail station. Pat Warren has more on the incident. According to the ACLU, this isn’t the first time MTA Police have overstepped their bounds. In a YouTube posting, Christopher Fussell left the camera rolling when he was confronted by three MTA officers for taking pictures at the Baltimore Cultural Light Rail Station. “It is my understanding that I am free to take pictures as long as it’s not for commercial purposes but for...
  • Michigan’s Most Expensive Mass Transit Agencies

    05/03/2011 1:06:15 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/3/2011 | Ken Braun
    Even at a price now above $4, a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline will move the typical personal car and its passengers at least 20 miles — and often much further. But according to the most recent data available from the federal government's National Transit Database, two of Michigan’s public transit agencies report that $4 isn’t enough spending for them to move just a single rider even a single mile. In both cases, NTD data shows that the agencies charge riders less than 10 percent of the operating cost spent to move them around, with state and local taxpayers picking...
  • Is This a Great Country or What? (1,500 miles and 30 hours of American free enterprise.)

    05/03/2011 10:22:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | May 3, 2011 | Tom Blumer
    Just before Easter, I brought a vehicle to my son down in Florida. The whole enterprise, including the return, took all of 30 hours. During that time I experienced many of the marvels of a country and its system that for all of their current challenges remain the most impressive on earth. The drive was about 750 miles, and began in Mason, Ohio. Over 600 of those miles were on interstate highways. Several decades ago, a Wall Street Journal editorial angered public transportation zealots by asserting in essence that autos, trucks, and the highways and roads that support them...
  • Chicago Transit Union Comes Out for Concealed Carry(IL)

    04/27/2011 5:23:49 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 26 April, 2011 | Robert Farago
    If all goes well, NRA lobbyist Todd Vandermyde will stroll into the NRA convention this weekend a conquering hero. After more than a decade of hard work, with the help of patriotic Americans from all sides of the political spectrum, Todd will have helped deliver unto Illinois inhabitants the right to carry a concealed weapon. No pre-hatch chicken counting here, but The Land of Lincoln has never been this close to restoring residents’ Second Amendment rights. Even if it doesn’t go down this year, even if the Chicago gun grabbers’ thwart the will of the Founding Fathers, hats off to...
  • EPA Raps for Kids: 'Public Transportation Is the Way to Go'

    04/21/2011 4:56:29 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 27 replies · 1+ views
    EPA Raps for Kids: 'Public Transportation Is the Way to Go' Thursday, April 21, 2011 By Susan Jones EPA logo ( - "Click it, flip it, turn the handle to the right, turn off the water, twist the handle real tight." So begins a song about climate change, available for downloading from the EPA's Web site. The EPA says we should "blast out" the song at our Earth Day celebrations -- "because if this won't save the planet nothing will." The song tells children, "The climate is changing and that’s a fact, bears don’t know when to take a nap,...
  • LaHood Visits Honolulu to Discuss ($5.5 Billion) Rail Project

    03/23/2011 1:41:49 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 39 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 23, 2011
    U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is meeting with Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle to discuss the city's planned $5.5 billion commuter rail line. LaHood, Democratic Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii and other officials were to join Carlisle at a briefing Wednesday on the rail transit project. LaHood oversees the Federal Transit Administration, which has pledged to sign an agreement providing at least $1.5 billion for the rail. LaHood plans to tour the port and talk with people about how to "rev up this economy in Hawaii." This is LaHood's first visit to the state since being appointed by President Barack Obama....
  • Transit Nonsense + State Health Care Rationing = Really Bad Policy

    12/08/2010 8:06:39 AM PST · by MichCapCon
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/8/2010 | Jack McHugh
    Michigan patients, doctors and taxpayers dodged at least one bullet in last week’s lame-duck legislative sessions: The House failed to pass a bill giving the state “Certificate of Need” commission the power to deny permission to expand a private health care facility because it lacks “adequate access to public transportation services.” The appropriately-acronymed CON system rations the availability of health care facilities and technology by requiring providers to seek permission from this government commission before creating or expanding facilities, or adding advanced tools like MRI machines. Without CON’s permission, they can’t proceed. The real question is why the Republican-controlled Senate...
  • Metro loses more than a million riders on bus, rail ( DC )

    10/05/2010 3:17:56 PM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    Examiner ^ | October 1, 2010 | Markham Heid
    Metrobus ridership plummeted and the number of rail passengers fell well below staff projections during the first month of the agency's new fiscal year -- and the first month of higher fares. Metrobuses transported 11.66 million passengers in July, nearly 1.3 million fewer than during the same month last year. Metro officials had anticipated a much smaller drop, projecting about 200,000 fewer trips. Rail ridership was also down... Beginning in late June, Metro officials raised the cost of all trips for bus and rail passengers. The fare increases included a 25- to 35-cent increase for bus riders, depending on payment...
  • In downtown Charlotte, a car-free option awaits travelers

    10/03/2010 1:39:53 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 27 replies
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | Sunday, October 3, 2010 | Bill Varian
    I have to admit I was skeptical of the idea: Charlotte, N.C., serving as Tampa's model for building light rail and expanding bus service.Charlotte? Really?So here was the challenge: Could I could get by without a car on a recent four-day trip to check out Charlotte's transit system? Would it be a practical alternative for someone visiting for a meeting or conference?It was.I arrived in town on a Tuesday night. After a three-minute wait outside baggage claim, I hopped a ride on the Charlotte Area Transit System's "Sprinter," an electric-hybrid bus that runs every 20 minutes to downtown.Hailing a cab...
  • Charlotte rail leads to millions in development, officials say

    09/26/2010 5:37:19 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 28 replies
    The Tampa Tribune ^ | Sunday, September 26, 2010 | Ted Jackovics
    CHARLOTTE, N.C - Mayor Anthony Foxx wisely declined to predict the outcome of last week's football game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and his hometown Carolina Panthers in what turned out to be a 20-3 Bucs' victory. Foxx was more certain about what could be in store for Tampa if taxpayers choose in November to fund light rail, which in Charlotte has exceeded 20-year ridership projections in its first three years of operation while adding to the region's economic development arsenal. Since light rail opened in Charlotte in late 2007, $288.2 million in development near light rail stations has been...
  • Hudson Tunnel Review Raises Fear for Project

    09/20/2010 4:54:07 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 38 replies · 1+ views
    New York Times ^ | Sunday, September 19, 2010 | PATRICK McGEEHAN
    Few elected officials have ever inherited a public works project that promised as many benefits as the proposed Hudson River commuter train tunnel is supposed to deliver to the constituents of Gov. Chris Christie. Advocates for the project, which would add a second pair of tracks between New Jersey and Manhattan, say it will reduce traffic congestion and pollution, shorten commuting times, increase suburban property values and create 6,000 construction jobs. Before Mr. Christie became New Jersey’s governor in January, the state’s elected officials had already lined up $6 billion for the project from agencies outside the state. Despite everything...