Riders Rave About DASH Service, Survey Says (blogdowntown)
On the eve of a fare increase (to 50 cents) LADOT released results of a survey showing that 90% of DASH riders give the system high marks. Demographic data reveals that over 50% of riders are Latino, female and use the buses to get to work.
Editorial: Bullet train’s folly factor rises (Orange County Register)
A new report from the Center of Investigative Reporting released a report questions whether the California High-Speed Rail Authority has budgeted the funds to build and operate the proposed system. The Orange County Register agrees – and envisions a worst case scenario where high-speed rail can’t attract enough riders to be profitable, shuts down operation and becomes a museum to taxpayer waste.
Back to Basics in Transportation Planning (Project for Public Spaces)
They say hindsight is 20/20 and this article from reformed transportation engineer Gary Toth proves that theory. Gary spent 20 years believing in the “wider, straighter, faster” school of transportation planning, but had a change of heart after he realized that philosophy only served to hurt communities and didn’t solve transportation problems. In fact, he realized, it just caused more problems. I think this paragraph from his article sums up the problem nicely:
“Spread out development made possible by the new highway capacity was creating congestion faster than transportation agencies could widen or replace failing highways. Furthermore, mass transit could not serve the new sprawling suburbs and street design made biking and walking all but impossible. This all caused vehicle trips and vehicle miles to explode at a rate many times faster than population growth.”