The Hill’s federal legislation blog reports that Republicans in the House of Representatives have introduced a bill that would transfer control of federal gas tax revenues to the states over a four-year period. By 2017, states would control 80 percent of federal gas taxes, leaving it to them to decide how to spend those funds. This would be a break from the last half century, during which the federal government has established and funded national transportation priorities like the interstate highway system. I’m intrigued, but skeptical: On one hand a state like California might use the funds to invest more heavily in transit projects than the feds would have allowed; On the other, I worry about states investing only in road projects at the expense of more sustainable transportation projects.
Local public radio station KALW interviewed seniors in San Francisco about the benefits and challenges of riding transit. Fortunately for Bay Area seniors, the organization Planning for Elders offers Senior Survival School to help those who are trying transit for the first time or want to know more about the services offered. As the Baby Boomer generation ages, transit is going to play a bigger roll in their lives and also necessitate changes the way transit systems serves their needs. According to advocacy group Transportation for America, “by 2015 more than 15.5 million Americans 65 and older will live in communities where public transportation service is poor or non-existent.”
Ten questions to ask for a transit line to LAX (City Watch)
Ken Alpern, chair of the nonprofit Transit Coalition attended a Metro presentation on connecting Metro Rail to LAX and has these ten questions that he’d like to have answered about the project — mainly of the political and logistical variety. Here’s a good one: “8) The LAX People Mover Project is approximately 6 months (perhaps longer) behind the timeline of the current Metro Green Line to LAX Project. Should both projects be completed together, or is it to Metro’s advantage to finish their project first?”