Sunday, April 20, 2014

University presidents throw support behind AAATA transit expansion proposal

MLive.com: "The presidents of the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University and Washtenaw Community College have announced they're endorsing a proposal to expand transit services in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township."

Thursday, April 17, 2014

#Publictransit saves the USA 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline per year

4 Reasons To Love Public Transportation | Get on Board | The Rapid Blog | Grand Rapids, MI: "3. Public transportation helps the environment. If you’re looking for ways to live a more “green” lifestyle, then developing a crush on public transportation can help. A private auto produces 0.96 pounds of carbon dioxide per passenger-mile, while public transit (averaged out among bus, heavy rail, light rail, commuter rail, and van pools) yields 0.45 pounds per passenger-mile. It’s been estimated that public transit saves America 37 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year, while also saving the U.S. 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline every year."

Ann Arbor needs #morebuses more places more often

Ann Arbor mayoral candidates share views on downtown growth and public transit | MLive.com: "Taylor said public transportation is good for the economy, the environment and the quality of life of all Ann Arborites.

"Whether you're a senior, whether you're a student, whether you're a worker without a car, whether you would never ride a bus in a million years," he said.

Taylor said it's the mayor's job to be an advocate for public transportation, and he's a "hearty supporter" of having more buses going more places more often."

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Dirty tricks used against #publictransit advocates

"We’ve been working all year on transit improvements that will work for our community. That’s why we’re happy to report that the More Buses campaign is up and running.

But it isn’t going to be easy. On Friday, a group calling themselves “Better Transit Now” formed to oppose the AAATA’s May 6 Transit Improvement Millage. Their choice of name, clearly created to deceive and confuse the public, offers no alternative plan. They have no interest in connecting our communities or expanding service to our most vulnerable citizens."

Thursday, March 27, 2014

A revolution that can change the world, one backyard at a time

swmichigan.secondwavemedia: ""Can we change the whole planet?" he asks. "No. But we can do many things in our own neighborhoods and in our own communities. If we wait for the government to do it, it will be too little, too late. But first we need to admit that this is real."
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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Carfree life is rare but nice in Detroit

Detroit Metro Times: "Clutching a copy of The New York Times outside the DIA on the last day in February, Storm says of his bus route: “It works out great, I read the paper in the morning; I don’t have to worry about parking, paying insurance on a vehicle, a lot of stuff,” adding, “Thankfully, I live within walking distance to my stop.” "

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Why oil industry fears buses. When people get them, they want more.

The more buses are put in service, the more people use them, and then they want more buses. Imagine how this would accelerate if there were no fares? Notice that in the video, fares are not even mentioned as revenue.