By Kathleen Murphy, guest blogger and TLC member Kathleen Murphy, TLC member, transit rider As a long-time active member with Transit for...
Archive for tag: Green Line
Metro Transit expects that nearly 40% of riders on the Green Line will come from connecting bus service. At Transit for Livable Communities, we know that for our transit system to serve the greatest number of people, it needs to offer frequent well-connected service and safe and convenient access by walking and by bicycle.
Funding for transit is much more precarious than funding for roads and bridges because transit relies to a significant degree on state general fund appropriations and General Obligation bonding – funding that needs to be allocated by the legislature each year.
Recent proposed changes to the FTA New Starts/Small Starts program will increase the likelihood of federal funding for a local streetcar project. The challenge for streetcar enthusiasts in the Twin Cities, however, is the lack of a local funding source.
After decades and decades of steady increases, the total amount of car travel in Minnesota has not increased for six consecutive years (see MnDOT 2010 VMT Report- pdf). Over that period, the state’s population increased by more than 300,000 people, but total driving did not increase. Minnesotans are increasingly choosing a healthy combination of transit, biking, walking and fewer and, most likely, shorter car trips.
Metro Transit estimates that 40% of Central Corridor riders will access the train via a bus trip. At Transit for Livable Communities, we support much more extensive implementation of new connecting bus service than will be possible with available dollars.
Metropolitan Council Chair Sue Haigh said that hubs like the Interchange and Union Depot help shorten transit time, making it more attractive for people to choose transit for commuting and other trips. She said that rather than building more parking ramps, Minneapolis could focus on other kinds of development.
From Owen Duckworth, TLC On Tuesday, September 20th, Transit for Livable Communities joined with transit riders, transit operators, elected officials, advocates for the disabled community,...
With economy and transportation infrastructure deteriorating, how will Congress shape the T-bill? From Andrea Kiepe, Transportation for America, Minnesota Field Organizer With SAFTEA-LU originally expiring...