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The Transit Effectiveness Project Will Result in MUNI Service Changes

Posted by Kyle Therese Cranston on Mar 31, 2014 11:49:00 AM

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) just approved a bunch of MUNI service changes that will eventually lead to a 12% increase in service and a 20% reduction in travel times. This overhaul, also known as the Transit Effectiveness Project, will be the biggest MUNI has seen in more than 30 years and will cost around $44.7 million.

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Topics: mass transit, Blog, San Francisco, public transportation

SB 1339 Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program Update

Posted by Kyle Therese Cranston on Mar 27, 2014 10:41:00 AM

 

SB 1339 Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program hopes to get more people taking public transportation.

San Francisco recently took a major step in helping both its hard-working citizens and the environment. On March 26, 2014, the SB 1339 Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program became official. Now the Bay Area Air District and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) will be working together with their regional Bay Area commuter policy, which mandates that all employers with 50 or more full-time employees, offer commuter benefits to both full-time workers and those that work at least 20 hours a week. Employers have until September 30, 2014, to comply with the SB 1339 Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program.

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Topics: Environment, Commuting, Commuter Benefits, mass transit, Costs, Blog, public transportation

Rail Tales - Boston's MBTA - Commuter Interview

Posted by Kyle Therese Cranston on Mar 26, 2014 1:24:00 PM

 

Boston's MBTA, or the T as we like to call it in these here parts, is pretty sweet. It gets us from Point A to Point B and saves us from having to brave the beast that is Boston traffic. And, what a beast it is. We're currently ranked #9 on the top 10 cities with the worst traffic list by Tom Tom.

So, it's no wonder that nearly 32% of the city's commuters take public transportation to and from the office. And, it's no wonder a lot of Boston companies are providing their hard-working employees, like AJ, with commuter benefits.

Check out what AJ had to say about commuter benefits and Boston's MBTA in this fascinating interview I conducted with her.

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Topics: Commuting, Commuter Benefits, mass transit, Blog, public transportation

Commuting Costs Might Impact Your Mortgage

Posted by Kyle Therese Cranston on Mar 24, 2014 2:22:00 PM


Did you know commuting costs might impact your mortgage?

According to ABC News, it most certainly can. “Some lenders may consider commuting expenses if you have to drive beyond a certain number of miles to work and back every day or week. That monthly cost can factor into your overall debt-to-income ratio (DTI) and directly impact how much you can borrow.”

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Topics: Commuting, Costs, Blog

Bay Area Bike Commuter of the Year

Posted by Kyle Therese Cranston on Mar 19, 2014 12:02:00 PM

 

The 2014 Bay Area Bike Commuter of the Year nominations are now open!

Calling all Bay Area bike commuters!

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Topics: biking, Blog, bike commuting

Transit Driver Appreciation Day

Posted by Kyle Therese Cranston on Mar 17, 2014 12:58:00 PM

 

March 18th is Transit Driver Appreciation Day!

Happy Transit Driver Appreciation Day!

Did you even know that March 18th is Transit Driver Appreciation Day? Well, if you didn't, you do now!

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Train Reaction Is Music to Toronto Subway Riders’ Ears

Posted by Kyle Therese Cranston on Mar 13, 2014 1:09:00 PM

Local Toronto band, The Good Acoustics, has taken their musical talents, not to the streets, but to…drum roll please…the subway with their underground music movement, Train Reaction.

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Topics: mass transit, Blog, public transportation

Legal Clinics for Portland Bicyclists

Posted by Kyle Therese Cranston on Mar 11, 2014 1:33:00 PM

 

Legal clinics for Portland bicyclists are held biweekly.

There’s a reason why Portland, Oregon, is one of the best cities for bicyclists. Well, actually there are quite a few reasons, including how seriously Portland takes biking safety.

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Topics: biking, Blog

Tax Reform – The Good, The Bad and Reality By Jason Pavluchuk

Posted by Kyle Therese Cranston on Mar 10, 2014 4:14:00 PM


After months of speculation, Dave Camp (R-MI), Chair of the House Ways & Means Committee, released his mammoth tax reform proposal; the legislation is nearly 1,000 pages long. While the timing of the release was a bit of a surprise, what was inside the proposal is not at all surprising.

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Topics: Commuter Benefits, Tax Reform, Blog

Aerial Mass Transportation Via Gondola

Posted by Kyle Therese Cranston on Mar 7, 2014 8:20:00 AM

Aerial Mass Transportation via gondola is quite popular in parts of Europe and South America, but it has yet to truly catch on in the United States.

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Topics: mass transit, Blog

Portland Road Rage Incident Has Happy Ending

Posted by Kyle Therese Cranston on Mar 5, 2014 9:42:00 AM

 

Biking during rush hour can lead to some major road rage.

The last week of February was an interesting one for Portland bike commuters and drivers alike when a road rage incident between a cyclist and a motorist went viral on YouTube and made the news.

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Topics: biking, Problems, Blog, Road Rage

Is Your Public Transit Station the Place to Be?

Posted by Kyle Therese Cranston on Mar 3, 2014 8:42:00 AM

 

Is your public transit station the place to be?

The 90210 kids had the Peach Pit. The crew on Boy Meets World headed to Chubby’s after school. Richie and the Fonz kept it real at Al’s Diner. The teens of Charlotte, North Carolina, kick it at…the Transportation Center?

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Topics: Problems, Blog, public transportation

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