In the past 24 hours I've run into two Freakonomics podcasts and one beautiful commercial that effectively describes some complex elements of transportation economics and significance.Read More
One of Bozeman's largest and busiest shopping centers is threatening to close its bus stop for the community's local transit bus (Streamline), all because one rider wrote a letter to the editor saying the Bridger Peaks Town Center parking lot was the only viable place for him to leave his car then ride the bus to work.Read More
Robert Gallardo assesses population trends for rural counties during this county in today's Daily Yonder, summarizing:
Rural counties gained only 2.9% in population in the 2000s, compared to a national average of 9.1%. But that doesn't tell the whole story.
Gallardo explains that Rural America is becoming more diverse. Most interesting to me are the patterns of where population growth and loss are occurring. The two noted areas of growth are in exurban communities, and in the mountain west.Read More
- Identify and meet customer needs
- Provide exceptional customer service
- Aggressively promote your system and all alternatives to driving alone
- Be green to get the green (Funding)
- Measure and report your real impact
- Advance the community conversation on community transit
- Make business part of transit’s business
- Create partnerships to serve the entire community
- Help one another sing our industry’s praises
- Share our collective experiences and insights
Today I reviewed the Oregon Department of Transportation's mileage-based fee pilot study. This structure can be effective in paying for our road system and addressing other policy issues. The study found success with congestion pricing: a 22% reduction in rush hour miles traveled among the people subject to congestion fees compared to those who were not, along with an overall reduction of miles traveled.Read More
The Streamline bus system in Bozeman started as a fare free system in 2006. Fare free system benefits both riders and non-riders because it leads to increased use of transit and less congestion, fewer parking problems, less air quality problems, and less carbon emissions. Furthermore, charging a fare would not improve the revenue stream.
Why are passengers forced to fork over handfuls of change every time they board a bus, or to pay escalating costs for transit passes? Other social goods, from schools to health care to the road system, are funded by the broader public through taxes, and daily use is free of charge. Why not the same for public transit, especially since charging for it tends to penalize the poorest in society, and encourage polluting behavior?Read More
The following resources can help in defining roles of a governing board and a coordinating committee that serve the same community.
- TCRP Report 85: Public Transit Board Governance Guidebook
- DRAFT TAC Guidance
- The Free Management Library, http://www.managementhelp.org/boards/boards.htm,