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yay for this already and i wish it was even more quiet!

i dont mind the beeping, but i really cant stand that loud pneumatic hiss lowering noise.

 

10/29/2010

 

MTA Works To Bring Down Its Decibel Level

By: John Mancini

 

On the heels of a study saying New Yorkers are being stressed out by too much noise, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority says it's doing what it can to help – at least in one small way. NY1 Transit reporter John Mancini filed the following report on how one sound New Yorkers hear from buses may become a bit less irritating.

 

The beeping noise that buses make while becoming handicapped accessible may not be the loudest thing about the bus, but it can be the most annoying if you live along a route.

 

"At night, when people are trying to sleep or rest in their apartment, the last thing they want to hear is a noisy bus outside their window or door,” said MTA Bus President Joseph Smith.

 

 

video:

http://www.ny1.com/content/news_beats/transit/128017/mta-works-to-bring-down-its-decibel-level/

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rail-like???  :mrgreen:

ny's first fully dedicated brt service lanes coming to the bronx:

 

 

Select Bus Service on Webster Ave. could feature first median bus lanes and stops in the city, speed up travel

Webster Ave. bus route is least reliable in Bronx

 

 

By Daniel Beekman / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Friday, May 25, 2012, 6:00 AM

 

 

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The Bronx could become home to the first median bus lanes and bus stops in the city, transportation officials revealed at a public meeting this month.

 

The city plans to add Select Bus Service on Webster Ave. and one option for the project includes bus lanes with bus stops along the center of the road - somewhat like the trolley lines that crisscrossed New York many decades ago.

 

The express service could speed up bus travel on the clogged thoroughfare - and steal business from the livery cab drivers who ply the busy strip. The bus lanes that already exist elsewhere are located curbside or between lanes.

 

 

more:

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/bronx/select-bus-service-webster-ave-feature-median-bus-lanes-stops-city-speed-travel-article-1.1084188

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This is pretty radical. And I suspect others will copy it to respond to falling gas tax revenues and millennials' diverse transportation needs....

 

IL: Panel Recommends Mass Transit for Rebuilt Addams Tollway

RICHARD WRONSKI

SOURCE: CHICAGO TRIBUNE

 

May 25--The Illinois Tollway should include congestion-priced, "managed" lanes and mass-transit options such as express buses as part of its plan to rebuild the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway, an advisory council recommended Thursday.

 

The group also urged the Illinois Department of Transportation to consider continuing those special lanes and transit options on the Kennedy Expressway all the way to downtown Chicago.

 

The recommendations were reached after nine months of study by an advisory panel of planning experts, transportation officials, state and local officials and business groups along the Interstate Highway 90 corridor from Chicago to Rockford.

 

READ MORE AT:

http://www.masstransitmag.com/news/10721596/il-panel-recommends-mass-transit-for-rebuilt-addams-tollway?cmpid=email_MASS120519002&utm_source=MASS+NewsViews+Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MASS120519002

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That's awesome.  For some reason I love riding buses in NYC.  And they've come so, so far in the last 5 years.

Aren't decdicated bus lanes supposed to already exist in Manhattan for Select Bus service, at least on 1st Ave (?), although along the curb (along with the regular non-Select buses), not in the middle of the street. That doesn't seem to prevent other vehicles from attempting to clog them up.

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thats why they are looking at a more traditional brt strategy for the select brt service (that is, cle euclid ave style w/ the dedicated center lanes). the curb lane does not seem to be effective for moving brt busses along. and to that i say duh!

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I've actually been impressed with the enforcement of the lanes the M34 uses and found the ride pretty fast.  It is actually kind of amazing to have a relatively easy transit ride from Penn Station to the East Side.  What totally freaks me out with the curbside lanes, though, is that they fill up with pedestrian overflow from crowded sidewalks, who, without fear from regular traffic, seem to forget about the buses.  Looking through the bus windshield I felt like I was watching some 1920s video of a Brooklyn streetcar just barely avoiding horrible pedestrian fatalities.

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i've had much less luck with them on the avenues. cars! using the middle lane when possible will be a vast improvement.

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Originally Published: November 16, 2014 8:00 AM  Modified: November 16, 2014 9:57 AM

Bus rapid transit study draws concerns over downtown stops, off-Woodward loop

By Bill Shea

 

Red flags are being raised by transit insiders over aspects of a new study that outlines a proposed rapid transit bus service that would stretch the entire 27 miles of Woodward Avenue from downtown Detroit to Pontiac.

 

Specifically, the concerns are focused on the report's recommendation of just two downtown Detroit stops — the Rosa Parks Transit Center and Grand Circus Park — and the decision to split the line into a loop off of Woodward south of Grand Boulevard using Cass Avenue and John R Street.

 

"Those stops are not that close to where the major employment centers are," said Scott Anderson, a longtime transit researcher who spent more than 25 years in the University of Detroit Mercy's College of Engineering and Science. "I don't imagine that's going to be a pleasant walking option for a lot of people."

 

MORE:

http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20141116/NEWS/311169950/bus-rapid-transit-study-draws-concerns-over-downtown-stops-off

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Public transit is no longer just for humans:

 

Seattle dog's rush hour ride: on the bus, by herself, weekly

 

SEATTLE -- Public transit in Seattle has gone to the dogs.

 

Commuters in Belltown report seeing a Black Labrador riding the bus alone in recent weeks. The 2-year old has been spotted roaming the aisles, hopping onto seats next to strangers, and even doing her part to clean the bus -- by licking her surroundings.

 

"All the bus drivers know her. She sits here just like a person does," said commuter Tiona Rainwater, as she rode the bus through downtown Monday. "She makes everybody happy. How could you not love this thing?"

 

When the dog got off the bus - without an owner - at a dog park last week, it piqued the curiosity of local radio host Miles Montgomery of KISW-FM.

 

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Seattle-dogs-rush-hour-ride-on-the-bus-by-herself-weekly-288345081.html?tab=video&c=y

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Sound Transit Receives $1.3 billion U.S. Dept. of Transportation Loan

SOURCE: SOUND TRANSIT JAN 19, 2015

 

Sound Transit on Jan. 16 executed a $1.3 billion federal loan under the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA). This represents the largest single TIFIA loan to a transit agency in the country and the second largest TIFIA loan overall, and at the lowest rate – 2.38 percent – in the 25-year history of the program.

 

The low-interest loan, which offers more favorable terms than traditional bonds, will increase Sound Transit’s financial capacity by an estimated $200 - $300 million. Over the coming years the capacity will enable the Sound Transit Board of Directors to potentially restore some voter-approved Sound Transit 2 projects that were suspended as a result of the recession and will help reduce risks of scope reductions or delays.

 

...The Sound Transit Board of Directors will review unfunded portions of the ST2 program, costs increases and savings on active capital projects, contributions toward maintaining agency assets in a state of good repair, operational needs and service levels, capacity for future system expansion, and other financial commitments. Some of the projects suspended during the recession that the Board could consider moving forward include:

 

+ ST Express bus service hours – 50,000 of 100,000 ST2 service hours still to be implemented

+ Light rail between Kent/Des Moines and South 272nd Street in Federal Way

+ Preliminary light rail engineering and right-of-way acquisition from South 272nd Street in Federal Way to the Tacoma Dome

+ Improvements for accessing Kent Station

+ Improvements for accessing Auburn Station

+ Sounder platform extensions

+ Preliminary light rail engineering between Redmond’s Overlake and downtown areas

+ A permanent multi-modal station at Edmonds

+ Renton HOV improvements

 

MORE:

http://www.masstransitmag.com/press_release/12035997/sound-transit-receives-13-billion-us-dept-of-transportation-loan

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BTW, in case you hadn't heard, downtown Toronto's population grew 300,000 since 2000. Yep, just downtown....

 

Toronto Mayor Tory, Chair Colle Announce Major Investment in Transit to Cut Congestion

SOURCE: TORONTO TRANSIT COMMISSION (TTC) JAN 19, 2015

 

Toronto Mayor John Tory and TTC Chair Josh Colle on Jan. 19 announced a $95 million investment that will significantly expand and enhance transit service, reduce wait times and crowding, and make using the TTC more affordable for families by eliminating fares for children 12 years and under.

 

"We need to get Toronto moving and investing in transit is an essential part of that," said Tory. "The package we are announcing will not only make a difference in commute times and crowding on the transit system, it also provides financial relief for Toronto families."

 

TTC staff has been working hard over the last several weeks to present options for a budget that includes new buses, storage and the reinstatement of service. To help balance the TTC budget, Tory asked the city to increase the TTC's subsidy to nearly $479 million, an increase of more than $38 million from 2014. Effective March 1, as well, a 10-cent proportionate fare increase will apply to all TTC fares except for cash fares, investing an additional $43 million in revenue to pay for new services that will meet an increasing ridership, estimated to be 545 million in 2015.

 

These new investments will provide the following enhanced services to Toronto commuters:

 

+ Restoration of all day, everyday bus service that was cut in 2011

+ Ten-minute or better bus and streetcar service on key routes from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. six days a week (9 a.m. on Sundays)

+ Reduced wait times and crowding at off-peak times

+ Reduced wait times and crowding on 21 of the busiest routes during morning and afternoon rush hours

+ Proof-of-payment and all-door boarding on all streetcar routes

+ Expansion of the Express Bus network, adding four new routes to a network that serves 34 million rides annually

+ Expanding the Blue Night Network, adding 12 routes to the 22-route network that serves 4 million rides annually

+ Adding up to two additional subway trains on Lines 1 and 2 during morning and afternoon rush hours

+ Route management improvements designed to reduce short-turns, bunching and gapping of bus and streetcar routes

+ Additional resources to focus on subway reliability around signals, track and communications systems

 

MORE:

http://www.masstransitmag.com/press_release/12036087/toronto-mayor-tory-chair-colle-announce-major-investment-in-transit-to-cut-congestion

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Why force a transfer? Why not extend the #7 train??

 

Streetsblog New York ‏@StreetsblogNYC  4m4 minutes ago

Cuomo proposes AirTrain from Willets Point subway/LIRR to LGA. Also proposes Personal Rapid Transit for circulation at airport.

 

Dana Rubinstein ‏@danarubinstein  5m5 minutes ago

Governor Cuomo plans to build a 1.5-mile Air Train along Grand Central Parkway connecting LaGuardia to the 7 train and LIRR, he just said

 

Dana Rubinstein ‏@danarubinstein  34m34 minutes ago

The new AirTrain to LaGuardia will cost roughly $450 million and take about five years to build, according to administration

____________

 

Yonah Freemark ‏@yfreemark  20m20 minutes ago

I am fine with the idea of an AirTrain connection to LaGuardia, but linking it to Willets Point will not make for a fast Manhattan-LGA link

 

Yonah Freemark ‏@yfreemark  20m20 minutes ago

It makes so much more sense to run an AirTrain along Grand Central and BQE to Jackson Heights/Woodside

 

Yonah Freemark ‏@yfreemark  19m19 minutes ago

At Jackson Heights, there are more subway services (notably, the Queens Blvd lines), LIRR, and it's much closer to Manhattan!

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Also they could extend the N or Q from Astoria Blvd, along the parkway, to the airport.

 

Edit: It's probably some kind of funding thing though. AirTrain (also the airports and PATH) is funded by the Port Authority of NY & NJ, while the subway is the MTA.

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^ thats exactly it otherwise yes for sure extending the astoria trains would make the best sense and would not be too disruptive to do.

 

the 7 train or any of the other lines have nothing to do with the airport.

 

actually since the airtrain is a given, willets is the best and cheapest way to do it. its also by far the least disruptive.

 

so this is how its done in the ny metro. you dont getta ride straight into the terminal you have to switch to the airtrains. thanks pa!

 

i have to say i was a little surprized by this though because there are also plans to totally move and rebuild all of laguardia's terminals and i think most people assumed a rail link would need to wait for that to be done or at least for those plans to be further along (in other words, it would never be done). but the practically lawless bi-state port authority can do whatever the hell it wants to do, so there it is.

 

personally i never cared. unlike newark or jfk i just take the train and bus to laguardia. or train and cab. or more often just a cab the whole way. its much easier to get in and out of than the other two airports as it is. i think local airport transit improvement $ money would be better spent on a metro-north rail link to stewart because then they could eventually expand stewart and close laguardia.

 

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Why force a transfer? Why not extend the #7 train??

 

I lived in NYC when the AirTrain went into Kennedy.  There was a lot of discussion at the time about how stupid it was that you had to change trains from a normal subway train to a special Port Authority train to go to the airport.  And of course, it is stupid -- the A train runs within spitting distance of the airport, and it would be trivial to make it go straight to Kennedy.  After all, just about every city in Europe of any reasonable size runs a normal subway train to the city's airport.

 

The problem is that the Port Authority (which controls the airports) doesn't want the MTA to run an airport train the Port Authority can't control.  There are two reasons for this, as I recall:

 

1.  The normal, bone-headed, bureaucratic imperative for the PA to control everything within its domain.  Yes, this is a motive straight out of the worst of the Soviet Union's system of governance.  However, to change it requires courageous leadership at the level of the governors of both NY and NJ to force the PA to do something sensible.  Good luck with that! 

 

2.  The PA wants to make sure the kind of lowlives who lurk in NYC's subways are kept away from the airport so they don't intimidate or offend airport customers.  That's why the special Air Train costs more than a normal subway fare, and it's a separate system.  This reason debatable, and I certainly don't want to defend it, but it does resonate with a sizable number of people, for better or worse.  And I'm pretty sure it resonates with the type of people who make decisions at the PA.

 

So that's why the PA will build a separate train to take passengers to LaGuardia, and not use the #7 (or extend the N, which might also make sense).

 

Stuart

 

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If anyone has read the book "The Power Broker" about Robert Moses, it explains all of this perfectly. A lot of insight about how those public authorities, particularly the Port Authority and the former Triburough Bridge & Tunnel Authority (now part of the MTA) grew to be so powerful. They really can do practically whatever they want, based on how the original corporate charters were written, their pull with investors who love their bonds and have influence over politicians, and due to stipulations they work into their debt covenants which are inalterable by law.

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Why force a transfer? Why not extend the #7 train??

 

I lived in NYC when the AirTrain went into Kennedy.  There was a lot of discussion at the time about how stupid it was that you had to change trains from a normal subway train to a special Port Authority train to go to the airport.  And of course, it is stupid -- the A train runs within spitting distance of the airport, and it would be trivial to make it go straight to Kennedy.  After all, just about every city in Europe of any reasonable size runs a normal subway train to the city's airport.

 

The problem is that the Port Authority (which controls the airports) doesn't want the MTA to run an airport train the Port Authority can't control.  There are two reasons for this, as I recall:

 

1.  The normal, bone-headed, bureaucratic imperative for the PA to control everything within its domain.  Yes, this is a motive straight out of the worst of the Soviet Union's system of governance.  However, to change it requires courageous leadership at the level of the governors of both NY and NJ to force the PA to do something sensible.  Good luck with that! 

 

2.  The PA wants to make sure the kind of lowlives who lurk in NYC's subways are kept away from the airport so they don't intimidate or offend airport customers.  That's why the special Air Train costs more than a normal subway fare, and it's a separate system.  This reason debatable, and I certainly don't want to defend it, but it does resonate with a sizable number of people, for better or worse.  And I'm pretty sure it resonates with the type of people who make decisions at the PA.

 

So that's why the PA will build a separate train to take passengers to LaGuardia, and not use the #7 (or extend the N, which might also make sense).

 

Stuart

 

 

 

perhaps to their credit, if there can be any, is that both reasons are not looking so totally mullet-headed given "the tehr" and security concerns. yet even that is a fail because city busses, etc etc vehicles go to the airports, so whats the difference? too quick and easy to get in and out by a direct subway link perhaps? i dk. the whole airtrain thing is just a silly and expensive lack of cooperation, but thats what it is and what its to be.

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...yet even that is a fail because city busses, etc etc vehicles go to the airports, so whats the difference?

 

This is very true.  However, I believe there is a difference between the slow bus and the fast subway in the minds of everybody, skells included.  Besides the time factor (i.e. bus=slow, subway=fast) It's a psychological barrier surely, but perhaps it's real enough to dissuade the wrong people from going to the airport to hang out. 

 

(Indeed, I took the city bus to LaGuardia once or perhaps twice, but after that I gave up and switched to cabs.  The bus is simply too slow to offset the low price.)

 

Also, don't know exactly why, but in my experience it's rare to find skells hanging out on busses, but not so rare to find them lurking in subway stations and on the train.  Maybe because the bus driver is close by, so there's no anonymity?  That is, the presence of a driver makes the bus feel more like a supervised environment?  I dunno....

 

Finally, when I left in NYC the subway was around $1.25 (or maybe $1.50) and the AirTrain was maybe $5.00.  I just checked the AirTrain website, and the price is now $7.50.  For a business traveler that's not a big hit in the wallet, but for a wandering homeless person that may present a steep enough barrier to entry to discourage them from going to the airport to while away the day.

 

Most European cities don't have the same lowlife problem we have, so they feel more comfortable running the subway to the airport.  (But check out the population of skells hanging around the train stations in larger European cities.)  Also, their public agencies work together.  The Port Authority of NY/NJ is well known for being an island unto itself. 

 

Stuart

 

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this 'skells' thing... am I the only one who finds that to be a ludicrous excuse. In my numerous visits to NYC, I never noticed excessive numbers of homeless in the subway. Nor did any other vagrants pose any serious concern.

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It's goofy institutional barriers by a control-freak agency which complicates transit access in the otherwise most transit-friend city in the country. Great for the port authority. Very sad for everyone else. Makes me want to boycott NYC-area airports just on principle.

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no, very sad is no rail link. transferring to the airtrains is not a big deal.

 

i dk if this will even actually get built anytime soon. i would think they need to settle on the plan to rebuild the terminals first.

 

beyond the future airport rebuild, which is supposed to move all the terminals more to the east end, there is also more method to the pa's madness of current site choice here, at least potentially when looking further down the road. that road being the van wyck.

 

so with all this work to be done at modernizing laguardia and linking it by rail, that's why i still say ideally they should focus on trying to build up stewart instead and eventually just close it (the pa has had control of stewart since 2008).

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American mass transit is dying

Three of the four largest systems in the country have been crippled this winter — and the worst is yet to come

 

"We’ve learned to expect such things from our ancient and perennially underfunded subway. But the slow decline of its infrastructure doesn’t explain the MTA’s obscurantist approach to its own shortcomings. When things go wrong, the agency never effectively communicates the scope of the problem, leaving commuters to guess their best route home — or whether they should remain in the subway at all or try their luck above ground."

 

Sound familiar???

 

http://www.salon.com/2015/03/01/american_mass_transit_is_dying/

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Like I've said, winter weather exposes weaknesses. Doesn't mean it's dying anymore than crumbling roads and bridges means they're dying. But these are all wake-up calls.

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A big blow was dealt to Baltimore today as Gov. Hogan axed the proposed Red Line. Not all was bad news though, the Purple Line in suburban DC is still moving forward

 

 

Hogan says no to Red Line, yes to Purple

 

By Michael Dresser and Luke Broadwater

The Baltimore Sun

 

Dashing Baltimore's hopes for a long-anticipated east-west light rail line to improve its transit network, Gov. Larry Hogan said Thursday that he will not build the $2.9 billion Red Line across the city.

 

"We are not opposed to public transportation. We are opposed to wasteful boondoggles," the governor said. "The Red Line as currently proposed is not the best way to bring jobs and opportunity to the city."

 

But Hogan, making his first public appearance since announcing Monday that he has cancer, offered mass-transit advocates a limited victory by giving conditional approval to construction of a slimmed-down version of the Purple Line light rail project in the Washington suburbs. He said the state would reduce its up-front share of construction costs from almost $700 million to $168 million, while requiring Prince George's and Montgomery counties to shoulder more of the burden.

 

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/politics/bs-md-hogan-transportation-20150624-story.html

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So he can pour more money into more roads they don't need as VMTs fall in Maryland, that many Baltimore citizens can't afford to use, and the government can't afford to maintain.

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So he can pour more money into more roads they don't need as VMTs fall in Maryland, that many Baltimore citizens can't afford to use, and the government can't afford to maintain.

 

"The governor announced $2 billion in highway spending, $1.35 billion of it new, as part of a long-range plan to give the state road system 57 percent of the transportation pie rather than the 45 percent share it received under Gov. Martin O'Malley. Hogan said he was keeping the promise he made to Maryland voters to make the state's roads his No. 1 priority."

 

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^^ Typical Republican move: anti-urban, anti-transit, pro-rural interests. 

 

10 years of hard, tedious work (and $millions spent) by Baltimore leaders and transit officials to conceive and get federal funding for this excellent job & growth -creating Red Line project right down the toilet.  I take no comfort in realizing that the same Cave-Man GOP mentality infests and inflicts Ohio and has killed worthwhile rail projects (3-Cs Amtrak, Cincy's MetroMoves, Cleveland-Akron-Canton commuter rail, etc)  and starved transit systems throughout the state.  I'd just thought Maryland, which is one of the best railroad/rail transit states in the nation, would be better than this, ... and that's what's truly disturbing and disgusting. ... And this canned Republican: 'let's fix the roads spiel is total horse-sh*t and a ruse, because Republicans are the biggest infrastructure repair enemies on the planet; a bunch of phonies.

 

... a very dark day for Baltimore ... and all the rest of us who really care about cities.

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^^ Typical Republican move: anti-urban, anti-transit, pro-rural interests. 

 

10 years of hard, tedious work (and $millions spent) by Baltimore leaders and transit officials to conceive and get federal funding for this excellent job & growth -creating Red Line project right down the toilet.  I take no comfort in realizing that the same Cave-Man GOP mentality infests and inflicts Ohio and has killed worthwhile rail projects (3-Cs Amtrak, Cincy's MetroMoves, Cleveland-Akron-Canton commuter rail, etc)  and starved transit systems throughout the state.  I'd just thought Maryland, which is one of the best railroad/rail transit states in the nation, would be better than this, ... and that's what's truly disturbing and disgusting. ... And this canned Republican: 'let's fix the roads spiel is total horse-sh*t and a ruse, because Republicans are the biggest infrastructure repair enemies on the planet; a bunch of phonies.

 

... a very dark day for Baltimore ... and all the rest of us who really care about cities.

 

I hope environmental organizations file lawsuits under the Clean Air Act against many of these new road capacity projects. It's time to go to DEFCON1 against those who seek to force everyone to drive or who sentence to house arrest those who don't.

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Los Angeles Eyes a More Frequent Bus Network for No New Cost

The tradeoffs would include more crowded buses and some service cuts.

ERIC JAFFE @e_jaffe 1:21 PM ET

 

The big trend in U.S. transit bus service is to do more with less—or, in some senses, to do something different with the same. So we see cities like Houston and Omaha redesigning their bus systems, at zero additional cost, into networks that cover less territory than before but that run more frequently where they do go. That crowd may soon get a high-profile new face: Los Angeles.

 

At least that’s the service direction indicated by a series of recent documents posted online by L.A. Metro’s Blue Ribbon Committee, a panel tasked with suggesting a new transit vision for the city. Over the course of five meetings dating back to February, the committee has drafted a service plan that centers around an expanded network of frequent bus—those running at least every 15 minutes. Here’s the proposed map (spotted by Human Transit), with proposed expansions in red and purple:

 

MORE:

http://www.citylab.com/cityfixer/2015/07/los-angeles-eyes-a-better-bus-network-for-no-new-cost/397988/

 

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Well, I'll tell you, the BRT doesn't exist there except for that dedicated road one in the valley and on the freeways.  Otherwise, no bus on Wilshire is going to be "rapid" by any stretch.

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Well, I'll tell you, the BRT doesn't exist there except for that dedicated road one in the valley and on the freeways.  Otherwise, no bus on Wilshire is going to be "rapid" by any stretch.

 

It's not based solely on existing service/infrastructure. It's also based on what's planned. Thus...

 

http://www.metro.net/projects/wilshire/

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I'm pretty sure they'll build it. LA has a better record of building transit than we do in Ohio. The Purple Line is now being extended below Wilshire to Westwood near UCLA. And the Wilshire BRT will be in the outer, less-heavily traveled portion to feed the Purple Line.

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I'm pretty sure they'll build it. LA has a better record of building transit than we do in Ohio. The Purple Line is now being extended below Wilshire to Westwood near UCLA. And the Wilshire BRT will be in the outer, less-heavily traveled portion to feed the Purple Line.

 

... not to mention that the Expo Line (LRT) is currently being extended to the Sea (Santa Monica). 

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