LA Aims to Make Public Transit Free

LA Aims to Make Public Transit Free

Recently the CEO of the  L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority launched a task force to assess how the transit system in America’s second-largest city could become free for its riders. As LAist reported, Metro CEO Phillip Washington told Metro’s board of directors he hopes the system could go fare-free as soon as “the beginning of […]

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Why Equitable, Clean Transportation is Key to a Sustainable Economic Recovery

Why Equitable, Clean Transportation is Key to a Sustainable Economic Recovery

By Julia Pyper, host/producer Political Climate As Congress looks toward the next coronavirus relief package, a growing number of stakeholders from across the political spectrum are calling for a comprehensive clean energy infrastructure plan to address the nation’s economic challenges. Updating America’s transportation system offers a ripe opportunity to create jobs while lowering carbon emissions. […]

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Public Transportation Faces Crisis Without Congressional Help

Public Transportation Faces Crisis Without Congressional Help

Before the coronavirus pandemic, most major cities were working diligently to improve public transportation and encourage residents to opt-out of relying on single-occupancy vehicles and rethink what space devoted to cars could otherwise be used for. But as the virus spread, ridership on mass transit around the world plummeted fueling fears that the resulting revenue […]

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Is Public Transit Going to Be Able To Recover From COVID?

Is Public Transit Going to Be Able To Recover From COVID?

Public transportation nationwide is taking a huge hit from coronavirus — in California, for example, ridership is down by 90% or more and each week, public transportation systems are losing millions due to social distancing and shelter in place orders. 

Why This Matters:  Public transportation is vital and it is also key for the automobile emissions reductions that we need to combat climate change and air pollution generally.

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Houston Launches Resilience Plan To Prepare For Its New Normal

Houston Launches Resilience Plan To Prepare For Its New Normal

The City of Houston has adopted a plan to prepare the city for what is expected to be more of the same for decades to come due to climate change — through a range of actions such as the planting of 4.6 million new trees and the removal of all homes from city floodways.

Why This Matters:  FEMA studies have shown that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure — $1 invested before a disaster saves on average more than $5 after — and sometimes much more.

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LA Bus Ridership Drops, Putting a Dent in Emissions Reductions Goals

LA Bus Ridership Drops, Putting a Dent in Emissions Reductions Goals

Los Angeles has never been known for its public transit but in recent years its bus ridership has been falling as Angelenos are–among other factors–capitalizing on a stronger economy by buying cars in record numbers. As the LA Times reported, experts also point to several other factors putting pressure on bus systems, including falling immigration […]

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