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Public Transit

 

June 24, 2013       Reconnecting America has a number of reports on public transportation research. Click here for one on how to build community support.

 

January 16, 2013    A new report examines associations between housing and public transit in the U.S. "Housing costs have grown far faster than income over the past 50 years, and the share of households that struggle to pay their rent or mortgage has increased dramatically over the past decade, according to a recent study by Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies." Read the report here.

 

January 8, 2013    The next set of Tomorrow Plan open houses will be January 29-February 6 in various locations in the DM metro area. Learn about the almost completed plan, review its recommendations, and provide your input. Read more here.

 

January 3, 2013     Interesting article from NRDC on seniors and the need for public transit; Iowa is mentioned in the 7th paragraph - in 2030, 1 of every 5 Iowa, Wisconsin and Ohio residents are projected to be senior citizens. Read it here.

 

December 6, 2012   Research report on how transit riders, bicyclists and pedestrians outspend drivers at restaurants and bars: click here to read the story.

 

December 4, 2012  Good article on seniors and the need for public transit: click here to read the article.

 

September 22, 2012  "Seeing the back of the car" article in The Economist assesses the future of driving. Read more.

 

September 26, 2012    U.S. Census report finds slight decrease in solo car commuting along with slight increase in transit use. Read the story with the link to the report here.

 

September 12, 2012      A recent National Resources Defense Council poll finds that Americans want new transit twice as much as new roads. The full report is worth a look. Read more here.

 

September 11, 2012   ZIPCAR arrives in Iowa City - read the story here.

 

August 30, 2012   DART Reports Ridership Increase of 10%   Read the WHO-TV story.

 

August 28, 2012   ZipCar now in Iowa City!

University of Iowa students can now share cars

A car-sharing service has been launched on the University of Iowa campus and in Iowa City. Zipcar Inc. has started operating the program that will include six vehicles located on campus and four others located throughout Iowa City. The cars can be reserved for as short as an hour or for as long as several days. University members can join for $25, and rates for vehicle rental will be as low as $7 per hour and $66 per day. Iowa City residents can join for a $25 application fee and a $60 annual fee. Local transportation officials say they hope the program encourages some students to leave their cars at home, which will reduce parking demand and traffic congestion. Read more on ZipCar at the University of Iowa here.

 

August 16, 2012    Rideshare App

New iPhone app links people needing a long-distance ride with people offering a ride. Click here to read more.

 

March 29, 2012       Beat High Gas Prices by Switching to Public Transit

According to the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) March Transit Savings Report, individuals who chose to ride public transportation instead of driving a car can save, on average, $844 this month, and $10,120 annually. Click here to read the story.

 

March 12, 2012

10.4 Billion Trips Taken On U.S. Public Transportation In 2011. According to a report released today by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), Americans took 10.4 billion trips on public transportation in 2011, the second highest annual ridership since 1957. Read the full article and link to the report by clicking here.

 

March 13, 2012

More use of public transit in 2011: KCRG reports on how the increased use of public transit in Dubuque. Click here to see the full story.

 

February 20, 2012

Frank Strong, originally from Council Bluffs and now a Des Moines resident, is on a tour of Iowa to promote public transportation. Click here to read the story.