Public calls for transportation options

blnmc_basemapAround 35 people gathered for a meeting in Manchester Town Hall last night to hear representatives from New Hampshire Department of Transportation and the consulting firm URS speak about the NH Capitol Corridor Rail and Transit Study and take public comments about the level of desire for transportation options such as passenger rail and intercity bus transit.

Comments were unanimously in favor of having options, especially rail.  Many felt that having rail service would make New Hampshire more economically competitive and attract young professionals to live in New Hampshire cities.

For more information, see the NH Capitol Corridor website, or contact Mark Sanborn – Federal Liaison, NHDOT.

Fitting tribute to Amtrak champion

The body of Sen. Frank Lautenberg, the tireless champion of passenger rail who died on Monday, will be transported to Arlington National Cemetery on an Amtrak train what will originate in the station that bears his name.  Screen Shot 2013-06-05 at 2.57.15 PMSen. Lautenberg was the last surviving World War II veteran to serve in the senate.

More details are in this post on Transportation Nation.

In another post on Monday, Peter Rogoff, the head of the Federal Transit Administration was quoted as saying “Every transit rider — not just in New Jersey but in America — owes a huge debt of gratitude to the efforts of Senator Frank Lautenberg.”

Los Angeles adds bus only lanes

Buses are traveling faster in parts of Los Angeles, thanks to new bus only lanes, according to this article in the Los Angeles Times:Screen Shot 2013-06-05 at 2.43.37 PM

“The 1.8 miles of lanes between MacArthur Park and Western Avenue are some of the first of their kind in the county and one piece of a larger transit corridor that will be finished late next year.”

This is an affordable way to make transit an even more attractive choice for commuters.

“Commute times should fall by 12 to 15 minutes once the full corridor is finished, Metro officials said. About 53,000 people board buses on Wilshire each day. During peak hours, more people travel the corridor by bus than by car.”