Transit News Roundup: Fuck Yes! Edition
In the second quarter of 2010, more than 2.5 billion trips were taken on U.S. public transportation as ridership increased by 0.1 percent over the second quarter of 2009, according to a report released by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). The uptick in ridership is the first increase in six quarters.
Previous to this quarter’s ridership increase, public transit use had declined in the past five quarters due to high unemployment, the economic recession, and lower state and local revenue for public transportation, according to APTA.
The Georgia grants, from the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail (HSIPR) program, come in three portions: $250,000 to develop an interstate rail network compact with neighboring states; $250,000 for an Atlanta to Birmingham, Ala. feasibility study; and $250,000 for a Macon, Ga. to Jacksonville, Fla., feasibility study.
During Try Transit Week, Virginians are encouraged to stop driving alone and try one of the variety of transit options available such as bus and rail service, carpools, vanpools or telework.
Virginia riders who pledged to try transit were entered to win a free years pass on the transit system of their choice, and a pair of round-trip tickets on Amtrak Virginia!
Meanwhile, if you registered to participate in the Clean Air Campaign and Give Your Car a Day Off, you’d have gotten a free chicken sandwich.
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