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Imagining a City Without Its Public Transportation

Mass TransitHighlight from The Atlantic Cities by Emily Badgerdec

Of course, all these drivers would also need somewhere to put their cars. Today, about 200,000 people a day ride some form of transit to the District’s downtown core. If all those people drove instead, the city would need the equivalent of 166 blocks of five-story parking garages. Wrap all of them around the White House, and it would looking something like this:

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Did you know that the WMATA SmartTrip card and the MTA CharmCard are the same card?

Mass Transitfrom Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space by Richard Layman

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TEN Webinar: Launching 2012 Transit = Jobs Campaign

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TEN Webinar: Launching 2012 Transit = Jobs Campaign

Thursday, January 12th , at 3pm CT, TEN will offer a free webinar introducing TEN's 2012 Transit = Jobs Campaign. January's webinar will cover our 2012 strategy for creating jobs, getting people to work, and fighting voter suppression.
Our webinars are aimed at community leaders, activists, advocacy organizations, and anyone who wants to learn more about organizing for transportation equity.
Our greatest strength is our solidarity - join the fight for transit, jobs, and voting rights in 2012.
Join us Thursday, January 12th to learn about our 2012 Transit = Jobs Campaign.
Title: TEN in 2012: The Transit = Jobs Campaign
Date/Time: Thursday, January 12th, 2012, 3:00 p.m. CT (1 hour)
Panelists: Representatives from TEN and Key Congressional Offices
Transportation Equity Network
4501 Westminster Place, 3rd Floor
St. Louis, MO 63108
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Transit’s Not Sucking the Taxpayer Dry — Roads Are

Mass Transitfrom Streetsblog Capitol Hill by Tanya Snyder


Note the massive stream of non-user funding for roads and the eensy weensy bit taken out for transit. Source: SSTI

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Roads don’t pay for themselves.

But maybe they should.

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City launches circulator line from Hopkins Hospital to downtown

Mass TransitBy Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun

Baltimore added a third line to its free Charm City Circulator service Tuesday, with the launch of the new Green Route at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

The Green line will run from Hopkins Hospital through Fells Point and Harbor East before heading north to City Hall and the Fallsway. It will then head back to Hopkins along the same route.
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One bridge, One Columbia

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image Would you walk this?

image Vision of a new bike/ped +mass transit bridge.
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The problem isn't the gas tax, it's sprawl

Mass TransitFrom the Baltimore Sun

No doubt many will write decrying a proposal to increase Maryland's gas tax. They will assert that taxes adequate to maintain our transportation system would impose an unacceptable burden on our citizens. However, they are complaining about a symptom, not the disease. They should be complaining about land use policies promoting sprawl and transportation decisions that starve public transportation, leaving our citizens with no alternative to continued addiction to gasoline.

Those meeting their transportation needs by walking, biking, using the bus or rail aren't vulnerable to oil-price driven increases in the cost of gas or proposals to increase gas taxes.
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Streetcar tracks deleted from 11th Street Bridge (for now)

Mass Transit[B' Spokes: Is it too easy to build car centric roads and harder to build anything else?]
from Greater Greater Washington

Already, federal regulations impose greater burdens on transit projects. To get funding, transit projects have to meet complex cost-effectiveness criteria while highway projects do not. The FTA acts at times like it's the Federal Make Transit More Difficult Administration. That's not because they're anti-transit, per se, but simply that they are regulating transit, FHWA is regulating roads, and FTA is the stricter parent.
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TTI: Mass Transit Saved Drivers 45.4 Million Hours Last Year

Mass TransitHighlight from Streetsblog Capitol Hill by Tanya Snyder

If there were no transit, the country’s drivers would be facing an additional 796 million hours of traffic delay. (Take that, drivers who grumble when their gas tax “user fee” funds mass transit!)

[For Baltimore mass transit saved 13,924,000 hours of delay and congestion cost savings of $295,800,000.]

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"Spider map" can demystify bus service

Mass Transit[B' Spokes: I really wish someone would do this for at least some key Baltimore locations.]
from Greater Greater Washington by Peter Dunn


Image by the author. Click for full version (PDF).

Rather than attempt to communicate the entire route network, a spider map only shows the routes that serve stops within walking distance. Like London's famous Tube map, it also forgoes the geographic accuracy of a street map for a simplified diagram of connections and destinations. It answers the questions "where can I go from here?" and "what bus do I take to get there?" without adding unnecessary information.


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