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Nine express routes on the chopping block.
Fares from $1.50 to $1.75.
This new hybrid bus was purchased with ARRA stimulus dollars. It features a new 'hybrid' color scheme (har har), merging the new grey bus scheme with the butterfly from the older iconic blue "Breathe Easier" hybrids. Hybrids have better fuel economy than their pure-diesel counterparts, but they cost more up-front. Whether they repay that initial investment is a gamble on the future price of diesel.
Public Meetings are scheduled to discuss the proposal. See this article on the KIPDA blog for details.
Today's TARC topic is the paper from Todd Litman at Victoria Transport Policy Institute. The whole paper is a fascinating collection of previous studies, and its worth reading the whole thing, but I wanted to bring out one or two particularly telling examples from it.
One new approach Litman takes it compare the total household transportation costs when high quality transit is put into the mix. Even though there's a higher tax rate, the overall personal transportation expenses go down:
Next interesting tidbit is the summary of benefits of supporting transit, even if you personally for some reason will never ride it no matter how great it is:
Today kicked off the public meetings on the TARC cuts. There were two meetings.
The first meeting at Union Station was packed. I expected 30 people. There were over 100!! People were polite but grumpy their routes were getting cut. People were casting blame everywhere - elected officials, TARC 'bloat', you name it. Nevertheless, I think the meeting was educational for most people there. The presentation was "folks: we're broke, that's why we're cutting your service". At least two council members and two mayoral candidates were there. The "Best Organized" Oscar certainly goes to the riders of the #66 Mt Washington / Sheperdsville express, who had signs, name tags, and maybe even a logo asking for their favourite route to be preserved!
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This week we're going to run an article every day related to TARC, the Transportation Authority of River City. Today's theme is: