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Transit News Roundup: Fuck Yes! Edition

September 27, 2010

  • Public Transit ridership is up by .1%! It’s a start!

    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.

  • Georgia received a $750,000 grant from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)! And Kansas got $250,000!

    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.

  • Virgina and Chick-Fil-A are encouranging transit riding and green-ness! Friday the 27th saw the end of Virginia’s Try Transit Week (a 4-day period, oddly) brought to you by the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) and transportation partners from across the Commonwealth.

    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.

  • An unknown unaccompanied poodle apparently rode BART through Oakland, then exited the train, ran down the tracks, caused delays, and disappeared unharmed. I wonder where he was going?

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    1. Darin permalink
      September 27, 2010 10:17 am

      Yay to the increase in public transit use! I saw an article this morning that qualifies as at least a ‘Heck Yes’:

      “Charlotte rail leads to millions in development, officials say”

      http://www2.tbo.com/content/2010/sep/26/charlotte-rail-leads-to-millions-in-development-of/news-breaking/

      Quote: “Charlotte has exceeded 20-year ridership projections in its first three years of operation while adding to the region’s economic development arsenal. Since light rail opened in Charlotte in late 2007, $288.2 million in development near light rail stations has been completed and $522 million is under construction, despite a veritable halt in growth since the 2008 recession.”

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