Making Peace Vigil

Standing up for peace

PUBLIC TRANSIT BENEFITS EVERYONE

Posted by strattof on March 15, 2013

3 R E A S O N S   T O   U S E   P U B L I C   T R A N S I T

1.   Transit cuts greenhouse gas emissions.  One bus load of passengers takes the equivalent of 40 vehicles off the road, reducing emissions by more than 15,000 tonnes a year.

2.   Transit saves you money. Downtown parking costs on average $140 per month. Add fuel cost to that. A 30-day adult bus pass costs $62. If your employer participates in the Employer Pass Program, you will pay only $53 per month for a bus pass.

3.   Transit is safe. In 2011, there were 5,647 traffic accidents in Regina, involving 1,452 injuries and 5 fatalities. Although Regina Transit’s fleet of buses is on the road 18 hours a day, transit buses were only involved in 36 accidents, resulting in a mere 5 injuries and 0 fatalities.

5 OTHER INCENTIVES FOR USING PUBLIC TRANSIT

  • Transit is time efficient. No more shoveling or scraping every morning.  No more circling the block in search of a parking spot. From most locations in the city, the bus will get you downtown in less than 30 minutes.
  • Transit saves Regina taxpayers money. Fewer vehicles on the road means fewer dollars spent on repairing and building roads.
  • Transit gives you time to relax. You can read or meditate or chat on the bus with no safety worries.
  • Transit makes streets safer for cyclists and pedestrians. Transit also provides more space for necessary vehicles, such as ambulances, fire trucks, taxis, and delivery vans.
  • Transit helps everyone. Folks who serve us in hospitals, restaurants, and stores need transit to get to work. Businesses need customers and workers to get there. Transit is essential for people who cannot afford, or do not have the health, to drive a car. It is also necessary for people who choose to be environmentally responsible by not driving.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE BENEFITS  OF USING PUBLIC TRANSIT

Discover the history of Regina Transit: www.regina.ca/residents/ transit-services/regina-transit/transit-history/  

Google “It’s smarter to travel in groups” and watch 3 short, funny YouTube videos.

Watch the PBS documentary Taken For A Ride: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ob2bYUtxlxs

Read Straphanger: Saving Our Cities and Ourselves from the Automobile, by Taras Grescoe, available at Regina Public Library.

IMPROVING REGINA TRANSIT

In the past two years, ridership on Regina Transit increased by a whopping 18.8%. That’s an additional 945,795 rides! This increase is due mainly to the growth of our city in both population and size.

To further increase ridership, service will have to be improved in the following ways:

  • Extend transit service to new areas of the city
  • Make routes faster
  • Provide more frequent service
  • Provide earlier and later service
  • Offer holiday and full Sunday service, following Saturday schedules
  • Double Paratransit resources and service

Regina transit is currently engaged in a review. Its objective is to improve service without increasing the current transit budget. This is an unrealistic goal.

As a result, Regina Transit is only able to address the items in the first two bullets: extending transit service to a few new areas and making some routes faster. A much more substantial improvement in service is needed.

TAKE ACTION

  • Sign the petition calling for improved bus service, available every Thursday, from noon to 12:30 pm, at the corner of Scarth St. and 11th Ave. from the Making Peace Vigil. The petition is also being hosted by Eat Healthy Foods, 3030 12th Avenue. And it is available online: http://johnkleinregina.wordpress.com/transit/ 
  • Let your City Councillor know you want increased funding for public transit. 
  • Suggest to Mayor Fougere that he follow the good example of New York mayor, Michael Bloomberg, and use public transit to get to work at least once a week.  
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