Here’s an interesting article on streetcars coming back to America, more than half a century after the GM conspiracy to eliminate them concluded.
If Regina were to embark on rebuilding our streetcar track network, we’d have to give them dedicated lanes in some portions of the city so they do not get held up by automobile traffic, for example.
A very rare death type is suspected in India. It’s been nearly 200 years since someone has been confirmed killed by a meteorite strike, even after the massive meteor blew up over Chelyabinsk a few years ago.
We have a pretty good understanding of where 95 percent of the near-Earth asteroids (one km in diameter and up) actually are, says Abell. But, he says, surveys of near-Earth objects of 100 meters or less are not even one percent complete.
Adding to earlier discussion about the Blue Dot movement’s appearance at City Council last month, there’s an article by Fingas in the Leader Post.
Paul Dechene also unloads on Council’s hypocritical messages sent by their focus in the meeting.
…our city council postponed signing onto a declaration saying that a healthy environment is a human right because they needed to get a report from administration about the possible implications from being party to such a declaration. You know how it is, signing on to a non-binding feel-good doc like that isn’t something you leap into recklessly.
…fleet additions he argued against.
Baker said Regina Transit hasn’t kept up with the growing city and increasing ridership. The schedules don’t have enough time built in to catch up lest something not go according to plan, he explained.
“Our scheduling that we give to the passengers is essentially our promise to the people. If we can’t maintain that bus on time, they’re not going to ride,” said Lucier.
Baker thinks the solution is more buses on the road. While the city has touted new vehicle purchases, Baker said those are only maintaining the fleet; buses are still pulled off the road regularly for maintenance, causing cancelled runs.
Baker also wants to see route redrawing: shortening runs and moving toward increased frequency.
That’s all true, based on what I’ve seen, and what I’ve heard from drivers.
There are times when I get very disappointed with our City Council about their lack of leadership and failure to do the right things. Instead of passing Councillor Fraser’s motion to recognize a healthy environment and please the citizens involved with Blue Dot, the Council deferred the question to the City’s lawyers and financial planners. It’s obvious who really runs this city, isn’t it?
Councillor Hawkins dares to make this unfounded claim:
The gall to claim that, while delaying unequivocal support of the Blue Dot message, is staggering, frankly.
Apparently the legal and financial ramifications of Blue Dot are paramount, while the environmental considerations take a back seat for the majority of Regina’s Council. This isn’t the case in at least some other Canadian municipalities.
In October 2014, Richmond was the first city to adopt the Blue Dot Declaration, and since then, more than 100 other municipalities have done so.
Surrey has now joined that list and according to the group, there are more than 1,000 supporters of the Blue Dot petition in the city.
Meanwhile, south of the border…
Flint, Michigan had its water supply poisoned by decisions of municipal and state politicians to ignore and then cover up unsafe water being used in their pipes. It’s clearly a crime to poison a city with lead in their water. Society has agreed it’s a crime because it makes people sick, and suffer to deprive them of potable water. It was a crime justified by “financial considerations”.
It’s 2016, and the issue of not being able to buy Day passes on the buses in Regina has existed and been raised with Transit on multiple occasions. My previous solution suggested to them hasn’t got anywhere for years, so I provided a low-tech solution today.
UPDATE: Jan 26 call back:
Regina Transit will not upgrade the fare boxes’ software to print Day Passes, and won’t accept the low tech solution that requires drivers to have a stash of passes available for purchase. They insist that Day Passes are “readily available” at places like Safeway or at the Transit office downtown. “Oh really,” I say. What about a visitor I want to take around town? We have to get onto a bus for $3, get off downtown, go into the Transit office (if it’s open), buy the pass for $9, then wait for the next bus to go by to begin our journey.
So carrying even a $45 Day Pass inventory on each bus would cost the City? “Absolutely.” With only 33 sold a month city wide, that would meet present demand. If it sold out, at least people would have the opportunity at convenience rather than assuring none.
“It has been discussed and it’s not something we’re going to do.”
So why do we offer a Day Pass at all if only 33 purchased at $8, and we’ve raised the price to $9?
His response was that maybe they’ll look at ending the Day Pass.
I’m looking out for tourists and transit riders in our city, and what is Regina Transit doing for them? Raising their fares as fuel prices plummet, and failing to use technology and employees already on their buses to their full abilities.