No Public Transit? No Job
Wired, August 29, 2011
“Folks have followed the affordable housing, followed the jobs, but if they lose a job or lose a little bit of income, or if the car breaks down and they can’t afford to fix it, they’re stuck,” said David Goldberg, communications director at Transportation For America, a public transportation advocacy group.
Transit Closing Doors
Wall Street Journal, August 27, 2011
The plan to shut down mass transit was designed to protect a transportation infrastructure that’s more than a century old in some places…”They’ve been upgrading the fan plants and the pump plants little by little,” said Pete Foley, an official with Transport Workers Union Local 100, which represents many bus and subway workers. “They upgrade them when they get money, but they don’t get a lot of money.”
GOP House leader Eric Cantor doesn’t like Capital Bikeshare
TBD (D.C.), August 29
Of the three programs Cantor points to [to cut funding], one is bike-sharing programs. The other two options are to eliminate grants to worsted wool manufacturers or the EPA’s Science to Achieve Results program. Capital Bikeshare is less than a year old, but its expansion and success throughout the District has already inspired examples around the country. But what Cantor poses is an existential threat to its existence.