Transportation headlines, Monday, March 12

Here is a look at some of the transportation headlines gathered by us and the Metro Library. The full list of headlines is posted on the Library’s Headlines blog, which you can also access via email subscription or RSS feed.

The Metrolink station at Bob Hope Airport. Officials hope to improve transit access to the airport. Photo by Eric Fredericks, via Flickr creative commons.

Tough times at Burbank airport (L.A. Times)

The loss of American Airlines last month is giving Bob Hope Airport budget headaches. The airport has also seen declining parking revenues and passenger numbers. Officials think improving the airport’s connections with the region’s mass transit system will help.

Use of public transit rose in 2011, but agencies not out of the woods yet (New York Times)

Tansit ridership reached 10.4 billion boardings in 2011 — the second-most since 1957 — which the Times attributes to declining unemployment and rising gas prices. Excerpt:

Ridership rose in many parts of the country whose employment pictures brightened, including Miami, Nashville, San Francisco, San Diego and Louisville, Ky. Dallas, which opened a new light-rail line in 2010, saw a large jump in its light-rail ridership last year.

But there are big challenges ahead for transit systems. Many have had to cut service and raise fares since the downturn began, and the trouble is not over for many systems. So while Boston saw record ridership levels last year — the most since the 1940s — it also faces a big deficit in the coming year, brought on by rising operating costs, high debt and sales tax revenues that have failed to meet expectations in recent years. As a result, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has proposed significant fare increases and service reductions, which could deter riders.

 

Here’s the news release about 2011 ridership from the American Public Transportation Assn.

The go-nowhere generation (New York Times)

This provocative essay gives a kick in the hindquarters to teens and young adults for spending too much time on the Internet and not enough time on bikes, the open highway or yearning to leave their hometown for someplace better. Or at least somewhere with a job. As a result, we’re no longer a country where the young are “born to run.” Rather, we’re a country of “born to check my ex-girlfriend’s status update.” Sad, but an excellent excuse to kill time watching Bruce play his anthem in Phoenix in 1978.

2 replies

  1. Funny that the guy from the generation that has effectively crippled America is complaining about the younger generation. Typical nonsense from the baby-boomer generation aka “The Worst Generation”.

  2. “As a result, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has proposed significant fare increases and service reductions, which could deter riders.”

    Note that MBTA also runs on the flat rate model. Every city in the US that whines about “fare increases and service cut backs” all share this in common. They put faith in the flat rate “pay the same price short or far” pricing.

    Yet, strangely we never hear about “fare increases and service cut backs” from places like Tokyo, Taipei, Hong Kong, and Singapore, all cities that run on a distance model and have high fare box recovery ratios.

    It’s good that Metro finally realized after 22 years that the honor system was a joke. Now it’s time for them to realize by learning from the mistakes from failing US cities’ model of relying on flat fares and look to examples in Asia why they’re so successful.