Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
With gasoline prices surging, many commuters around the country are leaving their cars at home, opting for buses and trains.
Ridership on public buses and trains increased 2% — from 7.63 billion rides to 7.76 billion, according to the American Public Transportation Association.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Thursday, December 08, 2011
Wednesday, December 07, 2011
Monday, December 05, 2011
Drivers learning how to run buses on shoulder of I-35
If you see a bus on the shoulder of Interstate 35 in Johnson County this week, don't worry that it might be disabled. It's really supposed to be there.
The county will be training drivers how to navigate the shoulder of the interstate as part of a new technique to move buses faster between the suburbs and downtown.
The new bus-on-shoulder service will start Jan. 3, but drivers will begin their on-road training Thursday. Drivers will be in training every day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. until Dec. 8. The Kansas Highway Patrol will be on hand to escort the buses.
The bus-on-shoulder service is an outgrowth of a study that examined the feasibility of running commuter trains parallel to I-35 between the Kansas suburbs and downtown. The county spent 15 years studying commuter rail before concluding in 2007 that expanded bus service was the way to go.
The new service allows buses to run on the shoulder on eight miles of I-35 from 95th Street to Lamar Avenue. Buses can run on the shoulder only when traffic slows to less than 35 mph. They can run only 10 mph faster than traffic, but no faster than 35 mph.
Planners believe the new service will cut three to five minutes off a bus trip from Olathe to downtown.
In the next two weeks, highway crews will be wrapping up $157,000 worth of highway improvements to make the interstate suitable for the new bus service. Drivers will see new signs denoting the bus service, plus new guardrails and highway pavement markings.
Highway crews, however, will be leaving the rumble strips on the side of the highway in place. A highway department spokeswoman said tests have indicated that the rumble strips were hardly detectable on the bus.
Bus-on-shoulder services have been around nationally for close to 40 years. They are used in Seattle, Minneapolis, Miami and a couple of other places nationally. Engineering studies have found the services to be safe.
R. E. "Tuck" Duncan, Executive Director
Kansas Public Transit Association
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Monday, November 28, 2011
Friday, November 11, 2011
I had the Evo and loved it, but this phone is better in every way except one...GPS. Battery life, speed, screen and usability all far superior to Evo but locking onto my location takes some time whereas the Evo was immediate. I'll be searching around about this :)
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) Advances Bipartisan Two-Year Highway Reauthorization
On Wednesday, November 9, 2011 the EPW Committee voted unanimously 18-0 to advance S.1813, "Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century" (MAP-21) a two-year authorization of federal highway programs at current levels, adjusted for inflation. A manager's amendment containing amendments approved by the EPW Committee leaders was agreed to by voice vote. Several senators spoke in favor of additional amendments, though none were voted on as Chairman Barbara Boxer (D-CA) warned senators that the bipartisan committee leadership including herself, Ranking Member James Inhofe (R-OK), Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT), and Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) would not support any amendments that were not contained in the manager's package.
The funding level in MAP-21 is $109 billion over two years for highway and transit funding, however the Senate Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over the financing title, is continuing its work to identify an offset for the $12 billion funding shortfall between current Highway Trust Fund (HTF) revenues and the proposal's authorized levels.
Monday, October 31, 2011
Not keeping a car on the road is a great way to save money and boost the local economy. Check out this graphic on how reducing the number of cars in a household not only saves $ for that family, but the more people that reduce car ownership in a community, the more dollars stay in the local economy!
Saturday, October 01, 2011
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Thursday, July 28, 2011
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Friday, July 15, 2011
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Monday, March 14, 2011
I just received my coupon for a free foursome (golf and cart) at Falcon Lakes GC here in north KC. How did I get this? Well…
My good buddy Brad Axon was in town from San Fran for the Kansas City Golf Show. He works for the Golf Channel and they had a booth there. We communicated via fb and text, to get me a free pass to the show and I met him there. Once at the golf show, I ‘checked-in’ using fb on my Evo. Andy Mahlandt saw that I was at the show on fb and happened to be listening to 810 sports and they announced that…”the first person at our booth here at the golf show gets a free foursome”!
So Andy texted me and told me to run to the 810 booth, so I did and I won! Winner!