Tuesday, February 14, 2017

BWAT Commuters Pass One Million Mark Using Regional Bus Routes & Extended Hours

masstransitmag : "“Once they get used to it, commuters tell us they enjoy starting their morning by reading the news, thumbing through Facebook and planning their day,” said Jim Wilson, BWAT general manager. “Riding the bus to work can also offer a significant cost savings.”
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A person who takes public transit instead of making a daily commute by car will experience an annual savings of $9,712, according to the American Public Transportation Association. These savings are based on the cost of commuting by public transportation compared to the cost of owning and driving a vehicle (based on the December 21, 2016, national average gas price of $2.25 per gallon and the national monthly parking rate of $166.26)."

Car culture means people in Benton Harbor can't get to work

The Herald Palladium: "“Unfortunately, there are way too many low income people in Berrien County who don’t have reliable cars or available transportation,” he said. “Many times, well paying jobs are located far away from their neighborhoods and homes. Without a means to access that reliable transportation, they’re having a very difficult time escaping the circumstances that they have.”"

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Gaylord, MI, Car owners want more buses

petoskeynews.com: "Most survey respondents expressed an interest in other forms of transportation outside of only driving a personal vehicle.

Even though 96 percent of those who responded said they have a vehicle that works, 68 percent also said public transportation is an important topic in Otsego County."

Monday, December 26, 2016

Free public transportation available New Year's Eve

petoskeynews.com : "CHARLEVOIX — Charlevoix County Transit announced that they will be offering free county-wide transit service from 6 p.m.-2 a.m. on New Year’s Eve. The service will be provided on a first come-first serve basis and it’s suggested that reservations be made in advance, although same evening calls will be accepted based on vehicle availability."

Sunday, November 27, 2016

TRU survey concerning the recent failed ballot proposal for regional mass transit

Just filled out a survey conducted by TRU as a sort of post-election post-mortem.
On page 2 of 5:

What ideas or recommendations do you have for how to make a future regional transit ballot measure more likely to succeed?
My response:
Don't make it a charity appeal for the "deserving carless." ( see http://n8chz.blogspot.com/2007/09/time-for-mitten-to-bite-hand-its-time.html ) Detractors will say, fine, let the charitable sector provide shuttle vans or whatever. Make it about dragging southeast Michigan kicking and screaming into the 21st century. Make it clear that at least some forms of economic development won't come if we don't build it.
On page 4 of 5:
Please explain other recommendations you have about how TRU and the regional transit community should proceed, including why you feel your recommendations would be successful.
My response:
What there's a screaming need for is a denser transit grid. Every section line road ("mile road" in local parlance) should be a bus route. Maybe down to every other mile in the -far- outer suburbs. This is far more important than introducing new forms of transportation.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Wayne Co. employees to get free public transit passes

detroitnews : "Wayne County plans to provide its employees who use public transportation to commute to work with free transit passes.

The move is designed to encourage ridership of public transportation, said County Executive Warren Evans."

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Saginaw bus system offers all riders fare-free service on Election Day

MLive.com: "SAGINAW, MI — Saginaw's public transit system is offering local riders free rides this Election Day.

But the free rides are not just for voters headed to and from the polls. Anyone riding buses on Tuesday, Nov. 8, or using on-demand transit services after the buses stop running will not be asked to pay the normal fares."