Category — Traffic
Tom Prendergast, chairman and CEO of New York’s massive Metropolitan Transportation Authority, announced Wednesday that fare and toll increases will be smaller than expected, but service improvements will continue.
Saying it’s time to give commuters a break, Prendergast rolled back fare increases of 7.5 percent during the next two years to only four percent, still a significant lift, but a big improvement.
“We try to keep costs down in order to minimize the financial burden on our customers, and as this financial plan shows, we are succeeding in that effort,” Prendergast said. “Our customers want value, which is quality and quantity of service, and that service has to be reliable and safe. Through this financial plan, that’s what we work to provide.”
November 14, 2013
What are the hard truths about transit? It turns out many of the arguments now roiling the political waters in the Greater Toronto Area have their parallels here, as this useful infographic on the myths and realities of transit illustrates.
Among the realities: long-term operating and maintenance costs are higher than initial capital costs “and must be considered before deciding to build.”
The infographic is part of the materials produced by the Transit Investment Advisory Panel created last month by the Government of Ontario to review transit needs in southern Ontario.
October 30, 2013
Yet more insight from the fertile mind of Jarrett Walker, author of Human Transit: evidence that smartphone savvy young people with plenty of internet connectivity don’t need to drive as much and never will.
Another reason why the Port Mann and Massey Bridges may, like the Golden Ears Bridge, prove to be roads much less travelled than current planners expected.
October 22, 2013
With too many questions unanswered, Metro transport committee declines “support” for Translink base plan
Members of the Metro Vancouver Transportation Committee declined a staff recommendation to “support” Translink’s 2014 Base Plan yesterday, declaring that the plan raised more questions than it answered.
At the centre of many committee members’ concerns was the sudden decision to allocate $299 million to remediate the failing Patullo Bridge, which Translink vice-president Bob Paddon warned could face lane closures or even closure if safety issues aren’t addressed. The money would keep the Patullo going while a decision is made on a full upgrade or replacement in the next few years. (The Mayors link this issue to Victoria’s decision to undertake a $3 billion bridge crossing to replace the Massey Tunnel.)
Nothing turns on the Metro decision because Translink is simply required to communicate the plan to Metro, which has no requirement or authority to approve it. (A “supplement,” which raises extra funds, requires Mayor’s Council approval.) In effect, Metro simply received the plan for information.
But the committee, chaired by Surrey Mayor Diane Watts, had such wide-ranging concerns that an endorsement seemed wrong-headed: [Read more →]
October 10, 2013