The Coalition for the Advancement
of Regional Transportation:

Your advocates for better public transportation, bicycling, and walking.

Ballot Initiative to Restore TARC Service

A coalition of local organizations is working on a ballot initiative to increase local funding for TARC. We're aiming for the big election this fall. CART will be sending a representative - most likely yours truly - to most of the TARC fare increase meetings in early June. It's a very exciting time.

Update: the C-J covered the meetings, and wrote an article about the idea.

15 Bikes, 1 Car: Splat

TARC Death Spiral Tightens

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:

  • Small fare hike and Big service cuts or
  • Big fare hike and Small service cuts

Now it appears they're forced into:

  • Big fare hike and Big service cuts

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.

Gas Hits $11.49/Gallon! (In Germany)

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?

TARC & Metro Council to Meet

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.

A First for Solar

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.

Brookings Inst: Louisville, Lexington are Global Warming Villains

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.

DC-Area Transit Rushes to Meet Surging Demand

Washington Post: Stung at the Pumps, More Hop on a Bus, D.C.'s Outlying Transit Systems Rush to Add Capacity; Metro Worried.

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.

Why Louisvillians Bike to Work

And Why Other Louisvillians Don't Bike to Work

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:

Frequency % # Nickname
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...

Indianapolis Mulls Massive 7-line Rapid Transit System

Cirta via nuvo via oil drum:

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.

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