TIME Magazine lists "10 Things You Can Like About $4 Gas." Some are obvious (less pollution? really?), but there are a few surprises, such as "more cops on the beat." My favorite line: "cops are being told to cut down on idling their cruisers — which is sort of like telling a teenager to stop using his cell phone."
People are asking me "How do I fight for more buses and how do I support CART?". There are a lot of ways, pick the method that suits you best.
Bottom line: 4.6 million over 2 years and Feds would pick up 100% match on either hybrid busses ($525,000 free!) or the cost difference between hybrids and diesels ($200,000 free!). Either way a good deal. This still needs to pass the Senate and get signed by the President. After that it will roughly negate half of the budget shortfall from high diesel prices. That's not counting the ~5% shortfall in projected occupational tax revenue. Bottom line: A promising step but not a pancea.
Okay, though I'm still waiting to hear back from some people, here's my take on the Metro Council meeting:
Tina Ward-Pugh asked us to speak on our proposal.
We got up and talked briefly on the "why" you might want to do this thing. Synopsis: have you looked at fuel prices lately?
Judith Green asked: "So does TARC actually support this proposal?"
We said: We can't answer for TARC.
Presenters: David Coyte, David Morse, Catherine "Katie" McBride.
The energy crisis is a long-term crisis. It is bad now. It is getting worse.
On Monday we need all friends of Transit to turn out at the Metro Council Transportation & Public Works meeting. Show our leaders that transit is a priority.
The meeting is at 5pm sharp at City Hall.
CART is proposing the city increase funding to TARC by $40 million to restore bus service to meet current demand and massively improve the system. Read our full proposal here.
After-party at Bearno's by the Bridge, 131 W. Main Street. 584-7437. Bring your own pizza money! Wheelchair accessible through the back.
Approve a ballot initiative generating $40 million in additional funding to TARC, by 0.2% increase in the occupational tax.
2008 marks the 'tipping point' on commuter behavior. An IBM study conducted this year shows commuter response to gas prices:
Graphic source: WSJ - Riders Swamp Public Transit
Just got back from Metro Council Budget, where there was a lively debate on transit options. Download the entertaining audio files:
If true: Ho lee cow!
It's hard to walk more than two blocks without running into a bike rack, which helps explain why the program has already yielded a 5% drop in car traffic. Paris has also removed lots of parking spots to make way for bike stations.
Source: Time Magazine
Dear Metro Council Representative:
We urge you to act immediately to increase funding for TARC!