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Talking Transit: Federal Funding
  • 7/15/2011
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President Eisenhower appropriated $25 billion in 1956 for the Interstate and Defense Highways Act, about $210 billion in today’s dollars. Status of the next federal transportation program Last week, U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman…
Talking Transit: Commute Options
  • 6/24/2011
  • Talking Transit
In metropolitan Chicago, 71 percent of workers drive alone to work each day. Nearly 76 percent of workers commute alone by car in the United States. While that percentage is slightly lower in Chicagoland, almost three million people in our region are still driving to work…
Talking Transit Extra: Public hearings on transit & pedestrian plans
  • 6/7/2011
  • Talking Transit
This is a special extra edition of Talking Transit to announce public hearings on three important transit topics: the Seniors Ride Free program, the Chicago Pedestrian Plan, and the Jeffery Boulevard Bus Rapid Transit pilot program. Seniors Ride Free Recent legislation has changed the Seniors…
Talking Transit: Bike Sharing
  • 6/3/2011
  • Talking Transit
Six months after starting a bike sharing program in Lyon, France, 2 million bike rides replaced about 150,000 car trips. Washington, DC bike sharing program Photo: Stephen Rees With the number of bike sharing programs around the world growing each year, this mode of…
Talking Transit: Flexible Funding
  • 5/13/2011
  • Talking Transit
Maryland’s Motor Fuel Tax funds one-third of its transit costs. As the price of gas surges people flock to public transit. Transportation for America reports commuters from Tennessee to Indiana and California are trading their cars for trains and busses. According to…
Talking Transit Vol. 4 Issue 6
  • 4/21/2011
  • Talking Transit
L.A. County retired its last diesel-fueled bus this year. Los Angeles may be the smoggiest city in the world, but it’s not the busses’ fault. In 2011, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) retired its last bus still fueled by diesel gasoline,…
Talking Transit Vol. 4 Issue 5
  • 4/1/2011
  • Talking Transit
Stockholm Public Transit currently operates the world’s largest ethanol bus fleet and has plans to use 100 percent renewable fuels by 2025 (currently at 25 percent). The Bombardier Peer Exchange unites experts from diverse global cities to examine common problems and promising…
Talking Transit Vol. 4 Issue 4
  • 3/11/2011
  • Talking Transit
European countries have used public dollars to leverage private investment for more than 50 years. Last year, the European Investment Bank raised 80 billion Euros through capital markets and private investments to finance projects that promote European economic development. In his…
Talking Transit Vol. 4 Issue 3
  • 2/18/2011
  • Talking Transit
Nationally, people age 65 and older take 645 million annual trips on public transit. This week Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law Senate Bill 3778, scaling back Illinois' Seniors Ride Free program to only low-income seniors who truly need the assistance. The new law is a…
Talking Transit Vol. 4 Issue 2
  • 1/28/2011
  • Talking Transit
Melbourne, Australia’s tollway is fully electronic. Photo by Steve Brown (Flickr). By the early 1990s Melbourne, Australia, had reached its limit with traffic congestion. Highways terminated on the fringes of the city, causing gridlock on residential and urban streets that…

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