some good news...
- The following are a few paragraphs excerpted from a story in the Hartford Courant 5-7-2000, page A4. It was picked up from the Washington Post.
MASS TRANSIT RIDERSHIP AT 39-YEAR HIGH
From Gainesville, FL to New York's Grand Central Station, the number of people who crowded onto public transportation last year was the largest since 1960. The surge packed trains and buses, crammed park and ride lots, and suggests Americans are increasingly leaving the driving to someone else.
...ridership is rising at a rate faster than automobile use. Ridership rose 4.5 percent in 1999 compared with 1998, while motor vehicle travel rose 2 percent, accordig to the transit association.
Transit operators and analysts say increases in mass transit ridership are drven by several factors, including heavy public spending on transit, a strong economy, stable fares, innovation among transit systems and growing congestion on roads and highways.
Although some say rising fuel prices may have shifted some riders from cars to mass transit, sevral transit agencies reported ridership already rising last year when gasoline prices were still less tan $1.00 a gallon.
Meanwhile, sprawl and traffic, congestion are making automobile traffic less appealing, said Alan Kiepper, a transportation consultant who has run the transit systems in Houston, Atlanta, and New York. "Congestion is just getting really, really bad and people are sick of sitting in their cars going nowhere.
(written by Lyndsey Layton for the Washington Post)
I will try to get the URL for this story and put a link up on the piublic transportation page of my website, http://members.theglobe.com/absnow1/mlshome.html
In the meantime, use this information. Show the article and the statistics to Neanderthal planners to have them get with the program. (I'm sure that much of the info in this article is also on the APTA website, www.apta.org) Make copies and annoy your elected officials until they get off their sizable rumps and do the right thing. This goes to show that if the investment is made, they WILL come.