Texas: Buttigieg Touts Federal Funding During Tour of Houston Transportation Projects
Mass Transit - Sept. 14, 2022
The novelty check had a few extra zeroes, but even if Houston's airport system is not getting $40 billion, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg assured Houston-area officials Monday that federal funding is coming for a number of road, transit and airport projects.
Heat waves are getting worse. When will L.A. get around to offering bus riders more shade?
LA Times – Sept. 12, 2022
It was 103 degrees on a Friday afternoon as Ken Willis waited for the 152 Metro bus under a thick tree canopy in North Hollywood. He didn’t even consider resting on the two bare metal bus benches baking in the sun. “If you sit on the benches, you just sweat to death,” he said. “On extremely hot days, the shade is not enough to keep you cool.” With highs last week up to 110 degrees in the San Gabriel and San Fernando valleys, those who rely on buses to get around had no choice but to suffer the sun’s wrath.
PA: Are community colleges accessible enough to students without cars? A national group tracks proximity to public transportation.
Mass Transit - Sept. 13, 2022
Nearly one-third of 118 community college and technical school campuses in Pennsylvania are not within walking distance of a public transit stop, and that could be a problem for students without cars or with car problems, according to new research.
Public transit across the U.S. is not nearly as crowded as it was before the pandemic.
NPR – Sept. 8, 2022
Paul Skoutelas, president of the American Public Transportation Association, says just like driving and flying, transit ridership plummeted in the first few months of the pandemic. And then began a slow climb back, which has since plateaued in recent months. And a recent report by S&P global rating indicates that transit ridership, especially on trains into downtown areas, will remain down for years, with only a 75% ridership recovery predicted by the end of 2025. Skoutelas says federal COVID relief funding has kept transit agencies alive the last two years. But as that funding runs out and with fare revenue down, some transit agencies are heading towards a fiscal cliff. He and others note that not all transit systems and modes are suffering equally. Bus systems, in particular, have recovered more riders much more quickly than rail systems that are designed to take 9-to-5 commuters to and from urban centers. David Bragdon of the research and advocacy foundation TransitCenter says weekend ridership is strongly recovering, too, as are routes serving essential workers and those for whom driving a car is not an option.
Universal Basic Mobility and the Road to Transportation Security
Cityfi – Sept. 1, 2022
While a handful of studies have examined the utilization and effectiveness of fledgling Universal Basic Mobility (UBM) pilots, few have tabulated and quantified the social and economic costs of the status quo: lost wages, missed medical appointments, school tardies or truancy, social isolation and incohesion, or the host of other consequences of transportation insecurity. That is about to change. Earlier this month, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) released a notice of funding opportunity to develop a program to quantify, in economic terms, the cost of transportation insecurity (and conversely the return on investment of UBM) to both individuals and society. The FTA research program is modeled on pioneering pilots and research in Pittsburgh and Los Angeles.