Bus

February 16, 2009, 9am PST
Manners Mall in Wellington, NZ, has been closed to all vehicles since the seventies. The City Council wants to restore buses through the walkway to improve service.
The Dominion Post
February 11, 2009, 10am PST
Plans to replace Seattle's aging inner-city freeway with a $4.2 billion tunnel and expanded bus service have many lawmakers concerned about being able to raise enough money to make it happen.
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer
February 3, 2009, 10am PST
A long-help plan to install GPS-ready bus tracking equipment to New York City buses has been pushed off indefinitely.
NY1 News
January 31, 2009, 9am PST
Transit officials in Eugene, Oregon, have announced plans to install a test route for a magnet-guided bus technology.
The Register-Guard
January 13, 2009, 5am PST
Officials in Pittsburgh are hoping that expanding transit-oriented development will spur growth in struggling and decaying neighborhoods -- and they have the voter-approved legislation to help.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Blog post
December 11, 2008, 11am PST

Due to the collapse of local tax revenues caused by the national economic downturn, many transit systems may face shortages of money over the next year or two. Assuming this is the case, transit providers will have to either raise fares or reduce services by eliminating bus routes or otherwise reducing transit service.

It seems to me that raising fares is generally the lesser evil, both from the standpoint of an individual rider and from the standpoint of the transit agency itself.

Michael Lewyn
October 23, 2008, 1pm PDT
Budget cuts have resulted in new overtime caps imposed on the Maryland Transit Administration, causing delays and even cancellations of some bus runs.
The Baltimore Sun
October 21, 2008, 8am PDT
This column looks at the NIMBY-minded attitude of one couple that has been fighting to prevent a bus line from coming into their neighborhood.
The Toronto Star
October 3, 2008, 2pm PDT
An Oahu Transit bus driver was caught playing a Playstation Portable on his route. Reports fail to include which game he was playing- Grand Theft Auto, perhaps?
KGMB-TV
Blog post
August 6, 2008, 1pm PDT

As gas prices keep rising, the public demand for buses and trains keeps growing. Yet in some cities, government is actually cutting back transit service, because rising gas prices make transit vehicles more expensive to operate.(1) But as a matter of substantive policy, service reductions are not only less desirable than service increases, but also less desirable than fare increases. As a bus rider, I’d rather pay $1.50 and know that my service is safe from fiscal crises than pay $1 and worry that my service might be reduced or canceled next month. Moreover, if fairness means spreading pain equally throughout the population, it is fairer to have everyone pay a little more than to have some neighborhoods be left without service.

Michael Lewyn
July 18, 2008, 2pm PDT
<p>A young Florida man apparently infatuated with public transit has managed -- on multiple occasions -- to steal buses and drive their routes picking up passengers.</p>
The Miami Herald
Blog post
July 15, 2008, 7pm PDT
Not until this month did a bus pass ever make its way into my wallet.
Josh Stephens
July 2, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>With crippling traffic congestion, the Tanzanian city of Dar es Salaam has pooled $158 million to improve its public transportation system -- adding new service, stations, and walkways.</p>
The East African
June 26, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>Transit agencies around the U.S. offered free rides on a single day, and large crowds follow. But observers aren't sure they'll stick around when they have to pay again.</p>
San Jose Mercury News
June 19, 2008, 2pm PDT
<p>Today is "Dump the Pump" Day, an annual event created by the American Public Transportation Association to bring awareness to the benefits of public transit. Transit agencies across the country are offering free rides, including many in Florida.</p>
Blog post
May 18, 2008, 9pm PDT
A few weeks ago, I was reading yet another think-tank paper arguing against new rail projects. Amidst the sea of technical detail, one assertion bothered me: the common claim that bus service is more “flexible” than rail.
Michael Lewyn
April 29, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>Boltbus, a joint venture between Peter Pan and Greyhound, is betting high gas prices and clogged airline terminals, will make way for yet another low-cost carrier between Boston and New York City.</p>
The Boston Globe
April 18, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>Forget major rail expansion. The Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority hopes a new bill will first allow it to afford office space and hire an executive director.</p>
The Tampa Tribune
February 28, 2008, 5am PST
<p>A proposal to make Eugene, Oregon's bus system fare-free has been voted down by the regional transit district.</p>
The Register-Guard
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