NH Department of Transportation Creates Transit Map

The Bureau of Rail and Transit recently posted this great transit map, with clickable links to local and regional transit providers, including intercity bus service and passenger rail stations. With this map, transit users can quickly determine which services are available at their origin and destination.

Consider posting this on your own website!


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.”

Why are we driving less?

Brad Plumer of The Washington Post investigates why the number of miles being driven on our roads keeps dropping so dramatically.  In this article he attributes the change to rising gas prices, aging baby boomers, and the tendency of younger Americans to drive less.

Between 2001 and 2009, the average yearly number of miles driven by 16- to 34-year-olds dropped a staggering 23 percent.

Miles driven vs gas pricesHe adds that “public transportation use is up 40 percent per capita in this age group since 2001. Bicycling is up 24 percent overall in that time period. And this is true even for young Americans who are financially well off.”

He lists five factors that contribute to this phenomenon:

  • The cost of driving has gone up.
  • The recession.
  • It’s harder to get a license.
  • More younger people are living in transit-oriented areas.
  • Technology is making it easier to go car-free.

If we want to attract and keep young workers in our state, we should be paying attention to these trends, or we’ll find ourselves with a stagnating economy unable to meet the needs of a greying population.

Come discuss this and other transportation issues at a regional listening session near you April 30 through May 16.  Click here to register.

What if you couldn’t drive?

Concerns about Public Transportation in New Hampshire:Transit_7

  • 19% of New Hampshire residents are concerned about losing their ability to drive in the next few years.
  • 53% of New Hampshire adults would find getting things in the community difficult if they needed to use crutches or a wheelchair for at least 4 weeks.
  • No public transportation system exists for more than 80% of New Hampshire’s communities.

Data Source: Feb. 2006 Granite State Poll

From the Institute on Disability at UNH