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The Facts about Public Transportation

Positive Future #165 (Feature photo – Public Bus – CCA SA 2.0 Generic) Every day Americans buy and finance some 50,000 cars and trucks. Estimates are that car ownership (2017) now costs about $8,500 a year. These costs certainly are a contributor to the growing need for a viable public transportation options. According to the American Public Transportation Association, here are the highlights of public transportation: In 2017, Americans took 10.1 billion trips on public transportation. People board public transportation 35 million times each week day. Since 1995, public transportation ridership has increased by 30 percent while the population increased by only 22 percent. Public transportation is $68 billion industry…

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Public Transport – 10 billion Trips

Positive Future #157 (Feature photo – Modern Streetcars are Gaining in Popularity – CCA SA 3.0 Unported) In a recent press release, the American Public Transportation Association revealed that Americans took 10.1 billion trips on public transportation in 2017. This number of trips equates to 31 trips for every one of America’s 325 million people. While the number is impressive, it is slightly less than last year. Most of the decline came from declines in bus travel while other modes were steady or increasing (like streetcars). The story is more complex. Newer transportation (mini-buses) which can transport people from point of origin to destination (without having to go to a…

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Moving Towards Less Cars

Positive Future #147 (Feature photo – Sacramento Regional Transit Light Train – CCA 2.0 Generic) The city of Sacramento is laying plans to ban new gas stations and drive-through restaurants within ¼ mile of light-rail stations according to McClatchy News. The goal is to increase light rail ridership at 23 stations to give more residents the opportunity of living car-free lifestyles. Another goal of the Sacramento Regional Transit is to populate areas around rail stations with higher-density housing, job-rich offices and pedestrian-oriented retail. What do you think? You can read the full story here: http://www.masstransitmag.com/news/12412340/gas-stations-and-pot-businesses-not-welcome-sacramento-says-heres-where-and-why Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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Go America!

Positive Future #82 (Feature photo – Flag of the City of Shreveport – Public Domain) The city of Shreveport, in the state of Louisiana, just announced that it was transitioning 10 percent of its city buses to full battery-electric 40-foot Proterra buses. This is a first for Shreveport (a metro area of 450,000 people) and for Louisiana. What makes it even more exciting is that Proterra is an American company specializing in next-generation emissions-free transportation. The transition is not only about clean air, but the new buses will save the community over $2.2 million in maintenance and fuel costs over their service lives. Want More? – Sign up below Special…

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Where We Connected in the Past – May Come Back

Positive Future #62 (Feature photo – Salesforce Transit Center – Rendering courtesy of the Transbay Joint Powers Authority) In the past, there were the grand old railway stations that brought America together – face to face. Over the years, many of these iconic landmarks have disappeared. Today, most Americans see each other through their car windows or some electronic communicating device. Now, with most large cities facing frequent gridlocks – with surface roads unable to handle the load -public transport is working hard to re-invent itself. At the forefront of modern public transportation is San Francisco, which will soon have new fully operating central public transportation facility. Called the Salesforce…

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