Grim news from the Courier-Journal:
Just one month after TARC officials forecast dime increase in bus fares, the transit authority’s executive director said yesterday that skyrocketing diesel fuel prices require a bigger hit.
Barry Barker, TARC's executive director, said he’ll recommend the adult cash fare go up 25 cents, to $1.50 per ride on July 1, along with about $1 million in previously announced service cuts.
Before they were giving the community a choice:
Now it appears they're forced into:
In contrast, CART's position is this: When higher fuel prices are forcing more and more of our fair city's residents onto the public transportation system, we need to be expanding service, not cutting it.
CART is working on a plan to expand TARC service. Please contact us immediately through the "Contact Us" link above if you are willing to contribute knowledge or time to this campaign.
Personally, I don't buy gas, but with all the buzz from the media and whining from my friends, I know that gas is above $4 a gallon and people are angry. This story from the Associated Press, however, puts the price we pay for gas into perpsective. Many people pay way more for gas than we do: Germany tops the list at a stunning $11.49 per gallon. However, some pay less:
Venezuela, too, is a gas-guzzler's wonderland. A gallon costs just 12 cents and consumers are snapping up SUVs even as Americans are shunning them. Thanks to long-held government subsidies and plenty of oil, Venezuelans see cheap fuel as a birthright.
"...see cheap fuel as a birthright." Sound familiar?
Barry Barker is to come before Metro Council's Transportation Subcommittee and speak on June 16th at 5pm. Details can be found at this city web page. The topic of discussion will be TARC fare increases and service cuts.
Fly-by-night: A First for Solar Near Zurich, Switzerland, an international team of scientists, engineers and specialists are approaching a significant milestone in one of the most outlandish projects in the history of aviation.
Fly-by-night: A First for Solar
Near Zurich, Switzerland, an international team of scientists, engineers and specialists are approaching a significant milestone in one of the most outlandish projects in the history of aviation.
The Brookings Institute unloads on Louisville, and the C-J is tabulating the fallout:
Residents of Louisville and Lexington are among the worst contributors to climate change, according to a study of the nation's 100 largest metropolitan areas.
Researchers with Washington's Brookings Institution blame factors such as sprawling development that encourages driving rather than walking, biking or mass transit, and the cities' reliance on cheap, coal-fueled electricity.
Its list — which measured carbon emissions per resident based on per capita emissions from residential and highway energy use in 2005 — puts Lexington at the top of a list of offenders, and Louisville fifth.
While the ranking could be a public relations issue for leaders trying to attract industry and new residents, Louisville has made strides in recent years to improve air quality, add cycling lanes and begin a detailed study of the city's carbon output, said Bruce Traughber, the city's economic development director.
Wouldn't it be refreshing if our local transit was similarly reactive to growing demand? Instead we have route cuts and fare hikes. There must be an alternative.
Results of Louisville's Bike to Work Week survey are in, and it's my pleasure to analyze the results here.
The first question on the poll was the most important: "How often do you use [a Bicycle] to get to work?". We had 66 respondents:
|Never||34%||23||NBCs: Non Bike Commuters|
|1-4 times a year||14%||9||OBCs: Occasional Bike Commuters|
|5-24 times a year||14%||9|
|25-99 times a year||15%||10||FBCs: Frequent Bike Commuters|
|100+ times a year||23%||15|
This population is obviously not representative. It would be absurd - though funny - to suggest that 23% of Louisville's commuters did so by bike more than 100 times a year. Instead, this shows that Frequent Bike Commuters are much more likely to answer a poll about bicycle commuting than Non Bike Commuters.
We'll use this anomaly to our advantage, controlling for frequency of bike commuting and then asking all sorts of interesting questions and seeing where the populations differ...
The IRTC voted unanimously to proceed with public meetings to present the MPO's recommendation of the Nickel Plate Line as the Northeast Corridor route, the first of seven in a proposed region-wide rapid transit system. The MPO also recommends Diesel Light Rail technology to provide rapid transit service along this route.
FHWA's Traffic Volume Trends for March is out. It paints a staggering picture of how American drivers are reacting to gas prices:
Key quote: "Travel on all roads and streets changed by -4.3 percent for March 2008 as compared with March 2007."