Commuter buses – PCCMPH Tue, 01 Jun 2021 23:14:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Commuter buses – PCCMPH 32 32 Masks Still Mandatory for Madison Metro Transit Users Under Federal Decree | Local News Tue, 01 Jun 2021 22:37:59 +0000

Masks must be worn on Metro Transit buses, at transfer points and in shelters.

Metro’s capacity limits will be lifted on Wednesday, however. Users will again be allowed to stand during journeys if there are no seats available.

borrowing billions of dollars to build transportation projects, the government now operates bus, passenger and commuter train lines, and we’re taxing everyone to pay for everything. The bond between those who use and those who pay for transportation infrastructure has dissolved like a corpse in a vat of hydrochloric acid.

Virginia’s original bus, trolley, and passenger lines were once operated for profit. They don’t do it anymore. The government owns and subsidizes them massively – even more than roads and highways (which is a travesty in itself). But apparently these subsidies are not enough. Now the aware subsidized transit tariffs are thought to be a “barrier”. People who use public transport should not pay anything at all.

So, The Washington Post discusses the subject of “fairness” in transportation in an interview with Transportation Secretary Sharon Valentine. Here is part of what she says:

COVID has shed light on how essential public transportation is in connecting people to essential work, food and medicine. It is really vital. … Some of our transit systems in Virginia had introduced no-fare options. What we’ve learned is that tariffs are and can be a barrier, so we’re developing pilot projects around Virginia to work with toll-free tariffs so that we can expand that and see how we might overcome that barrier. particular. The public transport user incentive program resulting from the omnibus bill passed in 2020 examines all the obstacles, as well as the design of our routes and how we can better create this accessibility for all, and in particular those who are underserved. . We are working very hard to achieve this.

And this is how transport becomes part of the welfare state. Public transport in the service of the poor becomes another right.

It goes without saying that no one talks about “fairness” when it comes to car ownership. No one complains that the price of automobiles is a “barrier” to driving. Also, no one is talking about expanding the private sector ride-sharing vans operated by companies like Uber and Lyft.

Look under the surface and you’ll see what’s going on. White environmentalists love public transportation because buses and trains get people out of cars and in theory (if not necessarily in reality) produce fewer CO2 emissions, thus advancing the war on global warming. But the public isn’t as worried as white environmentalists that the planet is overheating and posing an existential threat. Cleverly, public transport advocates are reformulating their environmental wishlists to fight “fairness” and “environmental racism”. Same objectives – to decarbonize the economy – but a new justification. In the age of Black Lives Matter, “fairness” is much more political than “sustainability”.

Awakened environmentalists show remarkable creativity in finding “fair” justifications for the things they wanted from the start, and remarkable indifference to achieving “fairness” in ways that do not advance. their environmental goals.

So rest assured that the future of transportation in Virginia will involve a lot more “free money” borrowed from Uncle Sam, as much debt as the Commonwealth can absorb, and a lot of Peter’s taxation to pay Paul. Everything will be fine until the wheels fall off the spend-borrow and monetize-the-debt bus, as inevitably. Then things will come back to “pay as you go” because when the public debt markets collapse, that will be the only way to pay anything.

]]> 0 Will Ontario’s Northlander Service Return? Fri, 28 May 2021 17:07:00 +0000

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Marybeth Luczak, Editor-in-Chief

In 2012, the Northlander passenger rail service – between Cochrane, North Bay and Toronto, in conjunction with the bus service – was discontinued. Currently under consideration, a 13-stop route serves Toronto (Union Station), Langstaff, Gormley, Washago, Gravenhurst, Bracebridge, Huntsville, North Bay, Temagami, Temiskaming Shores, Englehart, Matheson and Timmins or Cochrane. Bus service between train stops would be included.

The Province of Ontario, the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission (Ontario Northland) and Metrolinx are advancing plans to restore Northlander passenger rail service, with the release of an initial business case.

The Northlander service – which ran between Cochrane, North Bay and Toronto, in conjunction with the bus service – was discontinued in 2012. Ontario Northland currently operates four buses per day between Toronto and North Bay and one or two buses per day from North Bay to Timmins and Cochrane.

As part of the 2021 Ontario Budget, the government has committed C $ 5 million to support planning and design work for a new 13-stop route. This route, option 6 in the initial business case (download below), would serve Toronto (Union Station), Langstaff, Gormley, Washago, Gravenhurst, Bracebridge, Huntsville, North Bay, Temagami, Temiskaming Shores, Englehart, Matheson and Timmins or Cochrane. Buses would connect communities between railway stops.

Rail service would be offered “based on seasonal travel demands and would run four to seven days a week,” according to the Ontario Ministry of Transportation. “The target completion date for the next stage of planning and design work is 2022, which could allow for a potential commissioning date in the mid-2020s.”

The 460 mile northeast rail corridor between Toronto and Timmins or Cochrane consists of five main rail subdivisions owned by Metrolinx, Ontario Northland and CN. It is mainly used for freight, with passenger rail services provided by GO Transit, which operates the Richmond Hill commuter train, and VIA Rail Canada, which operates between Toronto and Washago as part of its trans-Canada rail service.

Minister of Transport Caroline Mulroney

“We have listened to the people, businesses and Indigenous communities of Northern Ontario who have long awaited the return of rail service to the Northeast Corridor,” said Transportation Minister Caroline Mulroney. “This important step in the planning process brings us another step towards building a better transportation system in the North.

“We are committed to making rail passenger transportation in the North and we are on the verge of delivering on that commitment,” said Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade and MLA for Nipissing . “The planning we are doing today will help determine the details, and we are confident that the proposed service route would provide the best value and options to support economic opportunities, the tourism industry and access to health care, education and other essential services. . “

Corina Moore, President and CEO of Ontario Northland

“An improved transportation network that integrates rail and bus services provides the region with a great opportunity to grow and improve,” said Corina Moore, President and CEO of Ontario Northland, who Age of the railway recognized in November 2017 as part of its first annual feature film Women in Rail and the first woman to appear on the cover of the publication since its inception in 1856. (Stephen Hayne, director of marketing and awards at Ontario Northland, was the ‘one of Age of the railway‘s 2021 ’20 Under 40’.) “We are proud to move this plan forward.”

Business cases are required by the government for all projects with capital costs exceeding $ 50 million. As projects evolve in terms of scope and construction, business cases are completed to define the rationale and delivery requirements. The initial business case is the first of four cases to complete, and it selects a preferred option for further design and analysis.

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Large number of travelers expected on Memorial Day weekend; MDOT urges everyone to put safety first Fri, 28 May 2021 10:07:50 +0000

(May 25, 2021) – With the lifting of the Maryland Mask mandate and continued recovery from COVID-19, this Memorial Day weekend will be the occasion of many long-awaited family reunions, trips and vacations. The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) wants everyone to enjoy this holiday weekend – and many more – and insists safety as the top priority as travelers return to the roads, rails and airports.

“After enduring a long period of the challenges and sacrifices caused by the pandemic, the people of Maryland look forward to spending time with family and friends on the beautiful beaches, mountains and parks of our state,” the secretary said. from MDOT, Greg Slater. “As we celebrate, we must work together to promote safety and make Memorial Day a time of joy and remembrance, not a tragedy. Help protect yourself, your family and traveling companions by slowing down, avoiding distractions, and making sure everyone in your vehicle uses seat belts. “

Many travelers are used to reducing traffic volumes during the pandemic, yet Maryland saw an increase in the number of road fatalities last year. With traffic set to increase over Memorial Day weekend, MDOT urges all drivers to follow these tips: