The Santa Cruz Transit District (“Santa Cruz Metro”) Board of Directors will discuss the issue of “tech” employee buses using Santa Cruz County transit facilities at their monthly meeting on Friday.
The United States Federal government measures vehicle usage nationally and at the state level as “Vehicle Miles Traveled” or VMT. Instead of tracking traffic crashes, fatalities and serious injuries in absolute terms, traffic safety is generally measured in terms of VMT. Nationally, for example, we currently have fewer than 100 crashes per 100 million vehicles miles traveled, and a hair north of one fatality per 100 million VMT. It’s a great measure if you assume everybody must drive — you want to reduce your personal chances of causing injury every time you get in the car.
Commuters in Silicon Valley and throughout the San Francisco Bay Area deal with the frustration of their daily car commute. Historically, transportation departments have defaulted to a solution that involves removing housing to make space for more highway lanes.
After the success of transportation funding measures earlier this month in San Francisco and neighboring Alameda County, the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) in Santa Clara County began scoping out a proposal for a new transportation tax for the rapidly growing South Bay that the call Envision Silicon Valley.
As part of a broader plan to grow the nation’s economy, Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu introduced a proposal for congestion pricing and restrictions on school buses and private shuttle buses in Istanbul, along with plans to encourage bicycle use through the expansion of bike facilitie. The new transport plan also dedicates transit revenue for park-and-ride lots in the periphery.
The Joint Powers Board that governs Caltrain has started the process of planning for electrification, which they anticipate will start in 2019. They’re taking public comment on bike car capacity, among many many other items under consideration.