Bus

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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