Category: Planning, Urbanism, Development

Portland Debuts a Fairer Way to Pay for Transit Fares

“Now Portland’s transit agencies — Trimet, C-Tran, and the city’s streetcars — are showing the way to a fairer system.

The agencies have introduced “fare capping,” reports TransitCenter. That means riders who pay per trip do not incur further charges once they reach a certain threshold.

For example, a single Trimet bus trip costs $2.50, while a daily pass costs $5. Fare capping means a person who rides the bus three times in a day won’t pay for the third trip, even if she purchased each ride separately.”

“Portland Debuts a Fairer Way to Pay for Transit Fares”
By Angie Schmitt on Streetsblog – Thanks for sharing TransitScreen

Talks & Thoughts: The Long Arm of History – Monuments and Statues Do Matter | Reginald F. Lewis Museum

While I can’t go to this, you should.

Talks & Thoughts: The Long Arm of History – Monuments and Statues Do Matter

A new community-centric public forum offering barbershop-style open discourse on current events that have an impact on the African American community. A panel presentation and community discussion about the impact and meaning of the violence in Charlottesville; the rise of white supremacy and white nationalism; and what the removal of our four Confederate statues means for Baltimore. Dr. Karsonya (Kaye) Wise Whitehead will moderate a conversation between our three “talkers” and the community around this topic.

Topic: The Long Arm of History: Monuments and Statues Really Do Matter

Moderated By: Dr. Karsonya (Kaye) Wise Whitehead, Associate Professor of Communication and African and African American Studies in the Department of Communication at Loyola University Maryland

Date: Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 2pm

Admission: FREE


Address 830 E. Pratt St.
Baltimore, MD 21202

RT @CarolSOtt: Interesting article about Philly’s rent affordability problem — it parallels what’s going on in Baltimore.

The Complex History of Washington Metro’s Bus-Only Lanes

“And then came Metrorail.

Washington, D.C. was the region’s dominant employment center and many workers lived in the suburbs, Hamre says. As more commuters entered the city in the morning and exited at night, street space became tight — and an underground train seemed the obvious solution.

“Metrorail eliminated the need to provide all that space,” Hamre says. “Planners had this utopian idea that everyone would get on a station in Maryland and not bother anyone living there.”

Train ridership cut away at bus ridership. According to the blog post, the “gradual construction and operation of the Metrorail System allowed the new heavy rail lines to handle the higher passenger loads they were built to accommodate, which in turn reduced the demand for bus service in many corridors where bus lanes previously were installed.””

“The Complex History of Washington Metro’s Bus-Only Lanes” by Rachel Dovey on Next City