department transportation – Support Transit http://supporttransit.org/ Thu, 17 Mar 2022 17:20:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://supporttransit.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/icon-8-120x120.png department transportation – Support Transit http://supporttransit.org/ 32 32 Sound Transit Secures $15.9 Million in Funding for Stride Bus Rapid Transit to Reach Burien https://supporttransit.org/sound-transit-secures-15-9-million-in-funding-for-stride-bus-rapid-transit-to-reach-burien/ Thu, 17 Mar 2022 17:20:08 +0000 https://supporttransit.org/sound-transit-secures-15-9-million-in-funding-for-stride-bus-rapid-transit-to-reach-burien/ Sound Transit announced that it will receive $15.9 million in new federal funding for investments in Stride Bus Rapid Transit on I-405 South, which will significantly improve bus service for residents of the region. The funding includes a $12.9 million competitive grant from the Federal Transit Administration, secured with support from Senator Patty Murray, Senator […]]]>

Sound Transit announced that it will receive $15.9 million in new federal funding for investments in Stride Bus Rapid Transit on I-405 South, which will significantly improve bus service for residents of the region.

The funding includes a $12.9 million competitive grant from the Federal Transit Administration, secured with support from Senator Patty Murray, Senator Maria Cantwell and the rest of the region’s congressional delegation. The grant will be used to purchase new bus transit vehicles and construct the South Renton Transit Center station on the S1 line between Burien and Bellevue.

A $3 million allocation in the FY2022 omnibus appropriations bill that was championed by Senator Patty Murray.

Sound Transit’s Stride system will provide faster, more reliable bus service along a 37-mile corridor from Lynnwood to Burien and a 9-mile corridor from Shoreline to Bothell. The new funding will support construction of the S1 line between Burien and Bellevue, which the agency is working to open in 2026. In the particularly congested section between Bellevue and Renton, S1 line buses will operate primarily in toll lanes express developed in partnership with the Washington State Department of Transportation, with additional routing on I-405 and SR 518 general purpose lanes and local streets in Burien, Renton, and Bellevue.

“Stride will provide faster, more reliable journeys to thousands of passengers every day on new dedicated lines spanning the east, north and south sides of Lake Washington,” said Kent Keel, chairman of the Sound Transit Board. “This funding for the construction of the Stride S1 line on I-405 south will help us relieve our residents of chronic congestion. I want to thank the Biden administration, Senators Murray and Cantwell, and the rest of the congressional delegation for their partnership and support. »

The omnibus bill also includes Sound Transit’s $200 million installments for fiscal year 2022 for grant agreements previously awarded by the Federal Transit Administration supporting the Lynnwood and Federal Way light rail extensions that the agency is running. strives to open in 2024.

“Faster and more frequent public transit will improve the lives of people who live and work in southern King County,” said Sound Transit Board member Ed Prince. “Many members of our community rely on public transit, and better mobility means better access to jobs, education, and the many cultural and recreational activities our region has to offer.

“Our investments in public transit infrastructure are essential not only for getting people around, but also for our economy and our environment. They can’t happen without strong federal partnerships like this,” said Sound Transit board member Claudia Balducci, chair of the board’s System Expansion Committee. “We thank Senator Murray, our congressional delegation, and the Biden administration for enabling the positive transformation that happens every time we open a new line.”

The Stride S2 line is scheduled to open in 2027 between Bellevue and Lynnwood. The S3 line is scheduled to open in 2026 between Bothell and Shoreline. Stride passengers will be able to easily transfer to and from Sound Transit’s rapidly expanding Link light rail system in Tukwila, Bellevue, Shoreline and Lynnwood and an array of local bus routes. In Bothell, the S3 line will connect users to the bus service to Woodinville.

Prior to the opening of the Stride lines, Sound Transit will complete the Link light rail extensions that more than double the range of the Link system. In 2023, Sound Transit will open the 2-Line, extending light rail from Seattle to Mercer Island, Bellevue and the Overlake area to Redmond. In 2024, Sound Transit is scheduled to open 1-line extensions to Lynnwood and Federal Way and a 2-line extension to downtown Redmond.

Sound Transit’s light rail expansions are backed by nearly $2 billion in FTA grants to reach Lynnwood and Federal Way, plus the largest set of Transportation Infrastructure Funding and Innovation Acts (TIFIA) of the United States Department of Transportation. loans. The loans create more than $500 million in savings for regional ratepayers.

Information about Sound Transit extensions can be found at https://www.soundtransit.org/system-expansion.

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HPBS will include a fleet of electric buses https://supporttransit.org/hpbs-will-include-a-fleet-of-electric-buses/ Thu, 17 Mar 2022 12:32:53 +0000 https://supporttransit.org/hpbs-will-include-a-fleet-of-electric-buses/ Screenshot of Mayor Sara Dutere-Carpio Soca DAVAO City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said the electric buses will be part of the High Priority Bus System (HPBS) bus fleet. “In the coming months, we plan to proceed with the tender for the other components of the project, including for 1,000 units for the bus fleets which includes […]]]>

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DAVAO City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said the electric buses will be part of the High Priority Bus System (HPBS) bus fleet.

“In the coming months, we plan to proceed with the tender for the other components of the project, including for 1,000 units for the bus fleets which includes at least 300 18-meter electric buses,” said Duterte-Carpio on Thursday 17 March. , 2022, during his State of the City Address (Soca).

According to the Department of Transportation (DOTr) pre-tender conference presentation, the deposit for electric buses is included in HPBS Contract 4. Its depot will be at Sasa to the north and St. Nino to the south.

Details of the entire contract were to be released no later than December 2021, but as of March 17, 2022, it had yet to be posted on the DOTr website.

DOTr’s presentation also showed that the electric buses will serve routes primarily in the city’s central business district.

Meanwhile, Duterte-Carpio said the city is working closely with DOTr on the HPBS project.

“We are working with the Ministry of Transport and have just received bids for the civil works contract for the construction of the terminals and depots,” she said.

Recently, the DOTr issued a call for tenders for the acquisition of contract packages 1, 2 and 3 (contracts for the design and construction of depots, terminals, improvements and on-road infrastructure) for the project Davao Public Transportation Modernization (DPTMP), also known as the Davao High Priority Bus (HPBS) project.

Package 1 includes Buhangin Depot, Calinan Depot and Calinan Driving School; Lot 2 of the contract includes construction of Toril Depot and Terminal, Bunawan Terminal and Calinan Terminal; and Contract Package 3 covers civil works along bus lines, including bus stops, bus lanes and other pedestrian improvement works.

According to General Bid Bulletin 7 published on the DOTr website on January 17, 2022, the deadline for submitting bids for contract packages 1, 2 and 3 was February 10, 2022, while the deadline for submitting clarifications written was January. 20, 2022.

The mayor also said “loan processing for the high-priority bus system is ongoing.”

Based on DOTr’s pre-submission conference presentation, which was uploaded to its website on January 14, 2022, the HPBS aims to provide “an efficient and affordable mode of transportation in the city.”

The HPBS comprises 29 roads with a total road network of 672 kilometers. It will be served by a combination of diesel and electric bus fleets.

Besides purchasing buses and submitting contracts, the city has also made other preparations for the HPBS.

“As preliminary preparation for the implementation of HBPS, we rolled out two routes for interim bus service last year with 20 buses currently serving the equestrian public,” the mayor said.

These routes are the Catalunan Grande route and the CP Garcia Highway route.

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Expanded Mask Requirement for RoadRUNNER Buses, Dial-A-Ride, Las Cruces Airport https://supporttransit.org/expanded-mask-requirement-for-roadrunner-buses-dial-a-ride-las-cruces-airport/ Mon, 14 Mar 2022 18:58:00 +0000 https://supporttransit.org/expanded-mask-requirement-for-roadrunner-buses-dial-a-ride-las-cruces-airport/ Leaving the town of Las Cruces Passengers and customers of RoadRUNNER Transit and Dial-A-Ride services are reminded that the federal requirement to wear a mask while using public transit services in Las Cruces remains in effect until April 18, 2022. at least. The mask requirement also applies at the Mesilla Valley Intermodal Transit Terminal, 300 […]]]>

Leaving the town of Las Cruces

Passengers and customers of RoadRUNNER Transit and Dial-A-Ride services are reminded that the federal requirement to wear a mask while using public transit services in Las Cruces remains in effect until April 18, 2022. at least.

The mask requirement also applies at the Mesilla Valley Intermodal Transit Terminal, 300 W. Lohman Ave., and inside Las Cruces International Airport, 8990 Zia Boulevard.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has extended the safety directive requiring masks on public transportation and at transit hubs through April 18, 2022. Read the TSA announcement here.

Meanwhile, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will work with the US Department of Transportation to determine when and under what circumstances masks should be required for public transportation after mid-April. Any changes will be based on COVID-19 community levels, the risk of new variants, national data and the latest scientific findings.

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) will share updates as soon as possible. More information on FTA’s mask guidelines for public transport is available via the FTA Transit Mask Up Webpage.

For more information on Transit, contact Mike Bartholomew, Transit Administrator, at 575/541-2537 or mbartholomew@las-cruces.org. For more information regarding Las Cruces International Airport, contact Andrew Hume, Airport Administrator, at 575/541-2473 or ahume@las-cruces.org.

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Fire breaks out in old Ringling Bros. circus train carriages. that NCDOT stores in the woods | News https://supporttransit.org/fire-breaks-out-in-old-ringling-bros-circus-train-carriages-that-ncdot-stores-in-the-woods-news/ Sun, 13 Mar 2022 05:00:00 +0000 https://supporttransit.org/fire-breaks-out-in-old-ringling-bros-circus-train-carriages-that-ncdot-stores-in-the-woods-news/ A fire broke out Thursday on a series of old circus train cars that the North Carolina Department of Transportation has stored in the woods of Nash County. It’s unclear how the fire started, according to a Facebook post from the Nash County Sheriff’s Office. The cars were parked on a state-owned rail line east […]]]>

A fire broke out Thursday on a series of old circus train cars that the North Carolina Department of Transportation has stored in the woods of Nash County.

It’s unclear how the fire started, according to a Facebook post from the Nash County Sheriff’s Office. The cars were parked on a state-owned rail line east of Spring Hope, about a mile from the nearest road.

“The wagons are currently inaccessible due to their location in the woods,” the sheriff’s office wrote mid-morning Thursday. “A train engine is dispatched to move the affected carriages to ensure that any remaining fires are properly extinguished.”

The cars were still burning as they were slowly moved to the South Old Franklin Road crossing, where firefighters could have better access. Several cars were heavily damaged, according to photos released by the sheriff’s office.

The NCDOT purchased the nine railroad cars from the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus four years ago, thinking he would one day refurbish them and use them on the Piedmont passenger train between Raleigh and Charlotte.

The state then received federal grants that allowed it to order new cars, and in late 2020 it auctioned the old circus train cars. The online auction failed to generate a buyer and the NCDOT said it would try again.

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Interview: “People buy cars in Mumbai because they don’t have to think about the cost of parking” https://supporttransit.org/interview-people-buy-cars-in-mumbai-because-they-dont-have-to-think-about-the-cost-of-parking/ Tue, 01 Mar 2022 06:33:33 +0000 https://supporttransit.org/?p=1706 Parking facilities in Mumbai need a regulatory body in place. Photo: Gopal MS, Mumbai Mumbai is the most stressful city to drive in the world, according to a study by Hiyacar, a UK-based car-sharing company. It is also ranked 5th for global car congestion by the 2021 TomTom Traffic Index, a global traffic index. Unsurprisingly, […]]]>
Parking facilities in Mumbai need a regulatory body in place. Photo: Gopal MS, Mumbai

Mumbai is the most stressful city to drive in the world, according to a study by Hiyacar, a UK-based car-sharing company. It is also ranked 5th for global car congestion by the 2021 TomTom Traffic Index, a global traffic index. Unsurprisingly, traffic jams, road rage incidents and the stress of long commutes affects the physical and mental health of drivers.

Additionally, the condition of the city’s roads, which are poorly constructed, riddled with potholes and unsecured partitions, has led to a 15% increase in traffic accidents in the first six months of 2021. fatalities due to accidents increased by 22% during the same period compared to the previous year.

The barriers to car ownership

According to the State Economic Survey Report 2019-2020, Mumbai’s vehicle density of 1900/km is 15 times higher than the 123/km in the rest of the state combined. The number of cars per capita is increasing by about 10% every year, while the length of roads has remained almost the same. In December, 2021 statistics from the state Department of Transportation showed a 47% increase in private vehicle registrations from the previous year. The result is less space for parking, parks and other recreational facilities.

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Congestion also leads to increases in rickshaw and taxi fares, making it even an unaffordable mode of transport. Photo: Gopal MS, Mumbai

Trupti Amritwar Vaitla, Managing Director of Mumbai Environment and Social Network, an NGO working for sustainable mobility in Mumbai, is an architect and urban planner and is currently associated with various research projects related to public spaces and transport issues in Mumbai. In this interview with Citizen Matters, she answers questions about the increase in the number of cars in Mumbai and possible solutions to manage this growing crisis. Excerpts from the interview.

Some citizens I have spoken to find cars more comfortable and convenient than public transport, despite the costs. But, given the city’s congestion and travel problems, what alternative do they have?

It is not just a status symbol but an aspiration for many. A majority of the city still lives in slums and income disparity is widening. The invention of the car is only 120 years old. Considering its technological advancements, modern cars are expected to be more expensive in India today. But through mass production, we were able to make car ownership more affordable and accessible to the masses.

Land is limited in a city like Mumbai, and an expensive resource. Each vehicle purchased requires a space to move and park.

Unfortunately, instead of prioritizing the management of on-street parking, the preference is to encourage multi-tiered off-street parking facilities by funding or subsidizing public parking for private vehicles. This is not in line with parking demand management and sustainable mobility principles.

Most don’t recognize the obvious shortcomings of a private car, which takes up 500 square feet of road space to drive. The need for space increases with the speed of the car. Even when stationary, it requires 150 to 200 square feet of space. For each vehicle purchased, a minimum of three spaces are required for parking. There is a need to create awareness regarding the issue of space in Mumbai.

We will have to find a balance between owning a private vehicle and public transport such as buses, trains, shared taxis, cars and bicycles. But in the current absence of this balance, we could witness a complete stoppage of mobility for all vehicles, due to traffic jams and parking. It’s a vicious circle.

What is the solution here?

Private vehicles are growing at a rate of 10% per year. But the need for parking spaces will increase by three times the growth rate of cars, or 30% per year, which will create a major crisis situation for parking, ultimately leading to more congestion than we are currently seeing.

The idea that parking is a free infrastructure to be provided by the state is where the problem lies.


Read more: Is Mumbai one step closer to solving its parking crisis?


The provision of multi-level off-street parking facilities receives the most funding and is hailed as an ideal, effortless solution to on-street parking management.

The cost of a multi-level car park does not include the cost of the land, which will inevitably be higher than the construction cost. To recover even construction costs, public and private bodies must work together to optimize the cost of land and construction. Very high parking fees will therefore have to be charged to recoup this cost in three to five years.

Will citizens pay such high parking fees?

People buy cars because they don’t have to think about the cost of parking. It is only when they understand the market value of the parking space that they will become discouraged. There is a need to manage on-street parking with price-regulated parking, as it is the most effective demand management strategy to control the rapid growth of private vehicles.

We need to realize that increasing parking supply is a magnet for more vehicles. Abundant parking supply leads to greater parking demand and the vicious cycle of supply and demand continues, which has a negative impact on sustainable mobility.

We can certainly take inspiration from other cities and countries, but we cannot blindly copy them. We have our unique challenges when it comes to density, ambiguity of land ownership, income disparity, informality and much more.

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Northern Virginia Officials Reveal Name of New US 1 Bus Rapid Transit Line | Securities https://supporttransit.org/northern-virginia-officials-reveal-name-of-new-us-1-bus-rapid-transit-line-securities/ Fri, 25 Feb 2022 22:29:00 +0000 https://supporttransit.org/?p=1685 Get ready to ride The One. Fairfax County and the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority on Friday unveiled the name and branding of the county’s US 1 bus rapid transit line, naming the future system the One. The design for the new upcoming rapid transit bus in Fairfax County. By Jared Fortek Now scheduled to open […]]]>

Get ready to ride The One.

Fairfax County and the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority on Friday unveiled the name and branding of the county’s US 1 bus rapid transit line, naming the future system the One.






The design for the new upcoming rapid transit bus in Fairfax County.




Now scheduled to open in 2030, the BRT will connect the Huntington Metro to Fort Belvoir. Similar to the Alexandria and Richmond systems, the line will feature dedicated middle bus lanes, level boarding from platform stations and off-board fare payment systems designed to reduce the time it takes passengers to get on and off. . It is estimated to carry about 15,000 passengers per weekday.

The project is expected to cost $730 million in total, more than half of which will be spent on widening the road, a provision that was chosen over the repurposing of automobile lanes. NVTA is contributing more than $250 million for the project. The Virginia Department of Transportation is contributing $415 million for the expansion.

“This project is getting people off the road, which is very, very important,” NVTA CEO Monica Backmon told InsideNova on Friday at the Gerry Hyland Government Center in Fairfax County, where officials unveiled the name. and the brand. “It’s going to be huge. When this project is complete, it will be the largest bus rapid transit project in the Commonwealth of Virginia. … It’s going to give us the best value for money in terms of reducing traffic jams, getting people out of their cars, creating big hubs of activity where people can walk, play, ride the BRT .

The finer details regarding the exact layout and alignment of the project are still in the design phase, which planners expect to last until 2023, after which work on the right-of-way and utilities will begin. The construction of the widening proper and the BRT should start in 2025.

The line could eventually be extended into Prince William County. Last year, the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation conducted a study on the introduction of BRT, express bus service, or Metrorail in Prince William County. He concluded that extending the BRT to Triangle would be the most cost-effective option for bringing rapid transit south of the Occoquan River.

If the VDOT, Prince William County and NVTA decide to go ahead with an extension, years of planning would be required before funding sources could be identified. The DRPT preliminary study also examined the possibility of extending the yellow and blue lines of the metro in the county.

“If you look at time and cost, BRT can be a more temporary option or a more permanent option, but still displacing those people and transforming the community,” Backmon said. “So I think that’s something Prince William could definitely take a look at… for their section of Route 1.”

Jared Foretek covers the Manassas area and regional news across Northern Virginia. Contact him at jforetek@insidenova.com

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DOTr is seeking bidders for the first stage of the Bus Rapid Transit project https://supporttransit.org/dotr-is-seeking-bidders-for-the-first-stage-of-the-bus-rapid-transit-project/ Sun, 20 Feb 2022 12:04:41 +0000 https://supporttransit.org/?p=1637 DOTr is seeking bidders for the first stage of the Bus Rapid Transit project. (File photo) ALTHOUGH a host of issues still need to be resolved for the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project to proceed in Cebu, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) has already started accepting bids for the first batch of the project. On […]]]>

DOTr is seeking bidders for the first stage of the Bus Rapid Transit project. (File photo)

ALTHOUGH a host of issues still need to be resolved for the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project to proceed in Cebu, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) has already started accepting bids for the first batch of the project.

On February 8, the DOTr issued a tender for the construction of capitol infrastructure at Cebu South Bus Terminal (CSBT) and a connection upgrade to the port of Cebu which would be part of the BRT project.

The Philippines will use 1.048 billion pesos of the loan it received from the World Bank for BRT, for the contract it is currently opening up for tenders, said Paul Jasper de Guzman, chairman of the Tenders and Tenders Committee. IX rewards, in the invitation. for the auction.

He defined the scope of work for the construction of the BRT infrastructure as comprising “main lines, pavement improvements, stations and other dependencies from the Capitol to the CSBT”, including a link to the port along from Osmena Boulevard.

Cebu South Bus Terminal is located on busy Natalio Bacalso Avenue in Cebu City.

The duration of the contract would be one year.

A pre-bid meeting will be held via videoconference on February 28.

The deadline for submission of tenders is April 4, 2022. The tender guarantee is 21 million pesos.

Bidders with conflicts of interest for ties with, among others, other bidders and suppliers of goods and services for the project, will be disqualified.

Last Thursday, Cebu City Councilman James Anthony Cuenco said the BRT could not go ahead because the National Economic Development Authority (Neda) had not yet approved changes to the scope and project cost.

Additionally, Cuenco said, the DOTr and Neda are now asking the city to grant them free use of 1.6 hectares of land in the South Road properties for 25 years for the BRT terminal “while everything is still in limbo.”

The Cebu BRT project, which costs $198 million (10.189 billion pesos), is funded by the French government through the French Development Agency (50.89 million euros or $57.62 million ); the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development ($116 million), the lending arm of the World Bank Group; and the Clean Technology Fund ($25 million) administered by the World Bank.

Last year, Neda’s investment coordination committee approved a two-year extension of foreign loans for the Cebu BRT project after loans for the project were about to end.

The project will cover 23 kilometers of roads from Barangay Bulacao in the south to Talamban in the north of Cebu City.

Phase 1 of the project has three packages.

Package 1 includes four bus stations from Cebu South Bus Terminal (CSBT) to the Capitol area along Osmeña Boulevard.

Lots 2 and 3 involve the establishment of intercity services from the SRP to the CSBT via Avenue Natalio Bacalso, and from the Capitole to the computer park with terminals at the SRP and the computer park.

When completed, the Cebu BRT project will be able to deploy 250 buses that can carry 60,000 passengers per day.

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New $6 Million Grant to Make Carteret Ferry Terminal a Reality https://supporttransit.org/new-6-million-grant-to-make-carteret-ferry-terminal-a-reality/ Tue, 15 Feb 2022 22:13:27 +0000 https://supporttransit.org/?p=1595 CARTERET, NJ — Another federal grant has been secured in the ongoing quest to make the Carteret-Manhattan ferry service a reality. US Congressman Frank Pallone (D-NJ6) just announced on Tuesday that Carteret will receive $6 million from the Department of Transportation to build a passenger ferry terminal. It comes after the city of Carteret announced […]]]>

CARTERET, NJ — Another federal grant has been secured in the ongoing quest to make the Carteret-Manhattan ferry service a reality.

US Congressman Frank Pallone (D-NJ6) just announced on Tuesday that Carteret will receive $6 million from the Department of Transportation to build a passenger ferry terminal. It comes after the city of Carteret announced in January that it would buy a single 149-passenger ferry from NY Waterway, paying $2.25 million for the boat.

When completed, it will be a three-story ferry terminal with a waiting area, restrooms, food court/snack bar, operations center, meeting space and outdoor seating. rooftop public viewing.

The ferry terminal is proposed to be at the northern end of Carteret Waterfront Park at the New Carteret Marina along the Arthur Kill. It takes about 25 minutes by boat to reach Lower Manhattan.

The ferry terminal will be connected to bike paths and walking paths along the Carteret waterfront. Congressman Pallone, who strongly supports the project, said he envisions NJ Transit buses stopping to drop off commuters from the ferry each morning and returning them home in the evening. There will also be car parking.

In recent years, the city of Carteret has raised over $13 million in state and federal grants to launch the ferry service.

For several years, Carteret and South Amboy have somewhat competed to launch a ferry service to New York. The South Amboy Ferry Terminal is proposed to be located at 1 Radford Ferry Road adjacent to the Manhattan Beach Club, a 1,875 unit luxury apartment complex.

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MAP opposes return of provincial buses to EDSA https://supporttransit.org/map-opposes-return-of-provincial-buses-to-edsa/ Mon, 14 Feb 2022 11:23:44 +0000 https://supporttransit.org/?p=1580 The Management Association of the Philippines (MAP) on Monday urged the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to reject the request of provincial bus operators to bypass the Integrated Bus Terminal Exchange (ITX). “Deviating from the basic concept of the ITX program and allowing provincial buses to bypass ITX terminals will derail this vital government program, jeopardize […]]]>

The Management Association of the Philippines (MAP) on Monday urged the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to reject the request of provincial bus operators to bypass the Integrated Bus Terminal Exchange (ITX).

“Deviating from the basic concept of the ITX program and allowing provincial buses to bypass ITX terminals will derail this vital government program, jeopardize the viability of the terminals and undermine the sanctity of contracts with private concessionaires, thereby forfeiting the many benefits of the program,” MAP said in a statement.

“For the above reasons, MAP urges the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to maintain and support the ITX program as originally designed and implemented,” he added. .

Earlier, Nagkakaisang Samahan of Nangangasiwa of Panlalawigang Bus of Pilipinas urged the government to use its old terminals in Metro Manila.

In 2019, the Land Transportation Franchise and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) issued a circular stating that northern provincial buses with terminals residing along the EDSA would have their temporary terminal in Valenzuela.

Provincial buses from South Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao with terminals along the EDSA in Cubao, Quezon City and Pasay City, would have their temporary terminals at Sta. Rosa, Laguna and Paranaque.

At present, the bus ban is still in effect despite the decision of the Quezon City Regional Magistrate’s Court to overturn the said order.

MAP, for its part, believes that the ITX provides smooth passenger transfers “that promote good order and efficiency”.

The group noted that the ITX prevents provincial buses from getting stuck in city traffic and allows faster trips to provincial destinations.

MAP added that if ITX disrupts commuters’ unique driving style, DOTR can expedite the transition to the new orderly ITX system by ensuring timely and adequate city buses at the ITX terminal.

Efficient transfer, according to MAP, benefits commuters and also improves air quality due to reduced vehicle volume.

“The ITX program spans two national administrations, beginning with the previous P-Noy administration and commendably continuing under the current Duterte administration, with the ITX terminals already completed and operational. Private investors have participated in the program , committing significant investment in the construction and operation of terminal facilities,” MAP said.

To further improve people’s mobility in the National Capital Region, MAP urged DOTr to optimize the operations of major modes of transportation such as railway lines.

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Charleston-area affordability remains a priority in Lowcountry Rapid Transit planning | News https://supporttransit.org/charleston-area-affordability-remains-a-priority-in-lowcountry-rapid-transit-planning-news/ Fri, 11 Feb 2022 21:00:00 +0000 https://supporttransit.org/?p=1565 NORTH CHARLESTON — The Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments wants existing communities along the proposed Lowcountry Rapid Transit route to benefit from the project, not be displaced by it. But individual municipalities, who have the power to make zoning decisions to shape future development, must also adopt this vision so that equitable development occurs along the […]]]>

NORTH CHARLESTON — The Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments wants existing communities along the proposed Lowcountry Rapid Transit route to benefit from the project, not be displaced by it.

But individual municipalities, who have the power to make zoning decisions to shape future development, must also adopt this vision so that equitable development occurs along the proposed 21.5-mile corridor of the first transit project by common to large state capacity.

“It’s not going to happen like a given,” said Bill Stanfield, CEO of the nonprofit Metanoia, which builds affordable housing in North Charleston. “It’s going to take a lot of intentionality. The question for all of us is do we have the will to do it differently.”


Local governments are thinking about how they could plan for affordable development. The cities of North Charleston and Charleston have already taken steps to see reasonably priced housing along and near the road, which will take US Highways 78 and 52 from Ladson to the Charleston Peninsula.

But more steps need to take place before the line is scheduled to open in 2028 to ensure development takes place in an equitable manner. And it remains to be seen whether local municipalities have the real political will to take the necessary steps to promote affordability, Stanfield said.

The Council of Governments hopes to help local towns in this regard. COG recently received an $860,000 federal grant that will be used to plan construction along the bus line. The council will use the funds to help municipalities plan mixed-use pedestrian communities, which are expected to appear around bus line transit stations.

The council received an initial grant for similar planning in 2018. It used the funds to develop recommendations that local towns could adopt to maintain affordability. The proposals suggested local municipalities create a community land bank, rezone properties for residential use, create an affordable housing trust fund, among other recommendations, said Sharon Hollis, senior planner at COG.

The most recent grant will enable COG to provide cities with technical support to implement these and future recommendations.

“We don’t want displacement to occur around this corridor,” Hollis said.

The Lowcountry is in dire need of affordable housing.



North Charleston, once a retreat for those affected by gentrification, now under pressure

The area is short of 10,000 affordable homes for those earning less than $35,000, according to COG.

Without intervention, this deficit is expected to reach 34,000 by 2040, the council said.

The agency notes that cost-burdened households spending more than 30% of their income on housing have increased by 42,000 since 2000, faster than the population rate. Additionally, there is a significant need for affordable housing along the bus rapid transit corridor, where 27% of homeowners and 52% of renters are burdened with housing costs, COG said.

Federal funds come from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration, which has expressed a need to expand public transit in ways that don’t harm neighborhoods.

“We are thrilled to award this funding to help more communities grow around public transit in a way that reduces pollution, increases economic opportunity, and contributes to affordable housing,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Pete Buttigieg, in a statement sent by COG.

Local towns have made progress in planning for future development.

Last year, North Charleston adopted special overlay neighborhoods along Rivers Avenue, the bus line’s future headquarters. The district is encouraging developers to make 20% of multi-family housing affordable. It also requires pedestrian-friendly infrastructure, such as a 12-foot-wide sidewalk.

The city said the new COG grant will help provide a foundation for how it can use zoning to encourage density around station areas.

The city’s hope is that the density around stations will provide better mobility for people who don’t have cars or don’t want cars, city spokesman Ryan Johnson said.

Johnson said affordability is a priority and the city is open to future COG recommendations on how North Charleston can promote equitable development.

“We work hand in hand with them,” Johnson said.

The portion of the route that passes through the city of Charleston is mostly developed. That said, Charleston is still looking for redevelopment opportunities, such as rehabilitating existing buildings around the future bus route, said city planning director Robert Summerfield. The city has made many strides in creating affordable residential development, but Charleston hopes there will be an opportunity to create new affordable commercial space, Summerfield said.

This could include businesses such as a new daycare centre, which would be ideal for parents using the bus route, Summerfield said.

Going forward, the city will consider how it can use zoning controls and development agreements to prevent people from nearby communities from being displaced, Summerfield said.

“We have people who have lived in their neighborhoods and homes for generations,” Summerfield said. “How do we prevent development pressure from indirectly and directly displacing these people from their homes? That will be the next frontier. We look forward to collaborating with COG on what some of these recommendations might look like.”



North Charleston continues planning for redevelopment around transit line

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