Today’s rider profile at the Zocalo Public Square website.
A trial run of new easier-to-follow screen prompts on Metro ticket machines is scheduled to debut at Union Station later this month, according to Metro TAP staff. In addition, Metro is in the early stages of developing a smart phone app that will allow riders to add value to their TAP cards.
No, the new ticket machine screens won’t include my reflection as a permanent feature. I know. Disappointing 🙂
Traffic spikes on protected bike lanes (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)
Shocker: looks like double the number of cyclists are using a new protected bike lane (i.e. they’re physically separated from vehicular traffic) in Minneapolis.
Study finds local taxes hit lower wage earners harder (New York Times)
According to the study, in 2015 the poorest fifth of Americans will pay on average 10.9 percent of their income in state and local taxes, the middle fifth will pay 9.4 percent and the top 1 percent will average 5.4 percent.
Experts point to local sales, excise (i.e. taxes on gas, cigarettes, liquor, etc.) and property taxes, which have the same rate for all earners. It’s hardly the first time that sales taxes have been accused of being regressive — and probably not the last. Still, that remains a challenge for transit agencies across the country (including Metro), which have heavily relied on sales taxes to help fund new projects.
Rail derailed for bus rapid transit (Miami Herald)
Speaking of sales taxes….Instead of building new light rail lines with money from a 2002 sales tax hike, Miami-Dade County planners are considering less expensive bus rapid transit in several corridors. Not everyone is thrilled, but the BRT is seen as a way to build new transit more quickly and at considerably less cost.
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