Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The costs of not having #publictransit, job turnover.

Local transportation officals react to Ball State study on public bus systems: "The study, which was published in the journal Urban Studies, analyzed employee turnover rates between 1998 and 2010 in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin counties. The research compared counties with between 50,000 to 125,000 people with and without bus transit systems.

Researchers found that a fixed-route bus system in a community reduced annual manufacturing turnover by 1,100 to 1,200 jobs and annual turnover costs by $5.3 million to $6.1 million. In retailing, the turnover of employees was reduced by 900 to 1,000 jobs annually while yearly turnover costs were cut by $1.7 to $1.9 million."

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Plan for free public transport (German)

Clara kann nachts nicht gut schlafen. Die vielen Autos, die bis spät in der Nacht vor ihrem Fenster vorbeifahren, sind einfach zu laut. Hier, an der autobahnähnlichen Ausfallstraße, sind die Mieten günstig, aber der Preis ist hoch: Lärm- und Schadstoffbelastung ruinieren ihre Gesundheit. Aber auch ihre Chefin, die sich eine Wohnung in bester Innenstadtlage leisten kann, klagt über den Autolärm. Es wäre so schön auf ihrem Balkon, wenn man sich dort doch wenigstens in normaler Lautstärke unterhalten könnte.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The Energy Trap

Do the Math: "We could use any number for the decline rate in our analysis, but I’ll actually soften the effect to a 2% annual decline to illustrate that we run into problems even at a modest rate of decline. By itself, a 2% decline year after year—while sounding mild—would send our growth-based economy into a tailspin. As detailed in a previous post, across-the-board efficiency improvements cannot tread water against a rate as high as 2% per year. As we’ll see next, the Energy Trap just makes things worse."

Monday, May 19, 2014

Calculating the benefits of #publictransit - APTA

Investment in public transportation expands service and improves mobility,  and if sustained over time can potentially affect the economy by providing:
  • travel and vehicle ownership cost savings for public transportation passengers and those switching from automobiles, leading to shifts in consumer spending;
  • reduced traffic congestion for those traveling by automobile and truck, leading to further direct travel cost savings for businesses and households;
  • business operating cost savings associated with worker wage and reliability effects of reduced congestion;
  • business productivity gained from access to broader labor markets with more diverse skills, enabled by expanded public transit service areas and reduced traffic congestion; and 
  • additional regional business growth enabled by indirect impacts of business growth on suppliers and induced impacts on spending of worker wages. At a national level, cost savings and other productivity impacts can affect competitiveness in international markets.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Global Warming - what must be done - Lokayat

...Gore focuses on individual actions, makes few serious demands on big business and endorses the largely voluntary market-based measures, such as emissions trading, that are contained in Kyoto. He, like most

mainstream environmental groups and the major Green parties, places the onus of solving global warming onto individuals, while relying on the capitalist market, nudged along by so-called “green” taxes and legislative regulations.

Such views reflect a well-meaning but utopian belief that if enough of us decide to drastically reduce our demand on the world’s resources, big business and governments will respond to “market signals” and adapt to a slow-growth or no-growth economy. It is a good thing to organise our lives to live more ecologically. But that alone will not be enough to halt the crisis.