A Small Change Makes a Difference…

So what small change could you make on a daily basis, that might have a bigger than small impact?

If the video doesn’t work because WordPress is lame at embedding stuff, here’s the link:  http://player.vimeo.com/video/25165858

The Rides I’m Looking Forward To… Top 10

There are numerous transit systems that are building out, even in spite of this recession/depression era we exist in. Overall, things are looking bad for transport, transport freedom, and many of these things. But also the winds of change, the attitudes of people, and the human characteristics that we have are starting to come forth and change this outlook!

These rides I’m looking forward to are on some of the systems that will slowly begin to change things for the better. That will help us move forward toward complete streets and better livability! If you know of others I’ve missed, please let me know!  🙂

NOTE: These aren’t particularly in any order of priority, just on the list. The biggest element of these is that they are being built, are already funded, and clearly have a completion in sight or are already done!

  1. Portland Streetcar – East Side Loop.
  2. Portland Milwaukee Light Rail & Transit Only Bridge Crossing.
  3. Seattle Sound Transit Link Light Rail University Extension.
  4. Seattle First Hill Streetcar (and finally being able to enter that city in a classy way via the renovated King Street Station + Streetcar to the coolest place in the city (Cap Hill, etc)).
  5. New Orleans Streetcar Extension from Union Station to Canal Street Streetcar.
  6. San Diego Streetcar/Light Rail.
  7. High Speed Rail in Europe or England – to anywhere, I don’t mind which one. 🙂
  8. Little Rock Arkansas Streetcar – I have a fascination with this streetcar, since it is in such a red state with an oddly small city/downtown.
  9. Paris Light Rail & Subway – Nuff’ Said.
  10. TBD – I know there is something out there that I need to put higher on my priority list, but am keeping it open for now. Any suggestions?

CRC Idea Replacement

This is one of the better ideas I’ve seen about the CRC / I-5 Bridge & Congestion Problem between Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington. The respective DOTs need to pay attention and stop screwing around with that insanely stupid CRC idea. Most people hate it, and if they like it, they just haven’t thought about the better ideas very much. You’d have to have your head somewhere very uncomfortable to think the CRC – vastly expanded yet no additional throughput Interstate lanes – would actually help Portland or Vancouver.

This idea however, helps vastly more than just the theoretical. This idea helps the railroads, the drivers, the transit users, the river boats, and more.

<iframe src=”http://player.vimeo.com/video/22915646?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&#8243; width=”400″ height=”300″ frameborder=”0″></iframe><p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/22915646″>A Common Sense Alternative to the CRC</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user1572838″>Spencer Boomhower</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

Streetcar Party in PDX

This got me thinking about some of the awesome things going on in Seattle, Tacoma, and Portland. This year is the 10th anniversary of the Portland Streetcar. Tacoma is almost done with an additional stop on their streetcar line. Portland will open the east side line next year. Seattle is starting on their First Hill Streetcar, now, soon, it is kind of in the works. So the expansions, albeit slow by historical standards, continue onward! Overall, congratulations are due to the north west in general! This part of the country, to put it simply, kicks ass!

Out of Pocket Savings w/ Transit vs. Auto Usage

 City  Monthly  Annual
 1  New York  $1,120  $14,643
 2  Boston  $1,131  $13,575
 3  San Francisco  $1,088  $13,060
 4  Seattle  $995  $11,939
 5  Philadelphia  $977  $11,729
 6  Chicago  $976  $11,716
 7  Honolulu  $945  $11,377
 8  Los Angeles  $891  $10,692
 9  Minneapolis $ 884  $10,610
 10  San Diego  $863  $10,360
 11  Washington, DC  $863  $10,350
 12  Portland  $859  $10,312
 13  Denver  $857  $10,279
 14  Baltimore  $843  $10,113
 15  Cleveland  $823  $9,877
 16  Miami  $803  $9,634
 17  Atlanta  $789  $9,469
 18  Dallas  $785  $9,425
 19  Pittsburgh  $780  $9,366
 20  Las Vegas  $762  $9,146