Check ou this informal survey posted by the Morning Call this morning.
I really do appreciate all the people who are reaching out wanting to help. The questions and insights everyone has are all very intelligent & show how much talent we truly have here in the Valley. I’m working on finding a venue somewhere where we might all get together for some brainstorming sometime soon. Thanks again to everyone who has taken the time to show their interest. ( Chomping at the bit to get this going soon !! )
Take care — Kirk Raup
The future of transportation funding may be in question in the halls of federal, state, and local governments, but investment in improved transit continues at a remarkable pace in 2015. Explore The Transport Politic’s interactive database of projects across the continent.
~ Yonah Freemark, from Openings and Construction Starts Planned for 2015
As our old pal Sir Winston Churchill was fond of saying, “We can always count on the Americans to do the right thing, after they’ve tried everything else.” If he were here in the Lehigh Valley today, he’d notice we haven’t really changed much — at least not where our transportation network is concerned.
~ Morning Call, from Kirk D. Raup: A vision to restore passenger trains to Lehigh Valley
And yet Calgary is attracting big crowds to its transit system, and those crowds continue to increase in size. Like several of its Canadian counterparts, Calgary is demonstrating that even when residential land use is oriented strongly towards auto dependency, it is possible to encourage massive use of the transit system. As I’ll explain below, however, strong transit use in Calgary has not been a fluke; it is the consequence of a strong public policy to reduce car use downtown. It provides an important lesson for other largely suburban North American cities that are examining how to reduce their automobile use.
~ Yonah Freemark, from Calgary’s soaring transit use suggests high ridership is possible even in sprawling cities