Today’s Headlines

  • Bus Ridership Drops 20% in O.C. After Fare Hike (OC Register)
  • SM Paper Claims Expo Will Cause Circulation Problems (Daily Press)
  • Where’s the Unified Planning at Metro? (City Watch)
  • Can We Stop Pretending That "Cash for Clunkers" Is an Environmental Program? (WaPo)
  • Gas Prices Rising Throughout L.A. (Times)
  • SUV Clubs: "Uplifting Communities" While Seeking Attention in Convoys of Escalades (NYT)
  • Where Can You Find Good Drivers?  Not L.A. (LA Now)
  • The Latest GM Showroom: eBay (NYT)
  • Bummer, Transit TV Is Back (Bus Bench)

More headlines over at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • DJB

    That story on the OC bus ridership decline is an interesting read, as are the story’s comments (e.g. “I’ve never used a public bus. They don’t go where I need them to go, when I need them. Why should I have to subsidize them?” and others protesting the cuts and fare hikes).

    Don’t forget, it’s a double-whammy: a 20% fare increase and a 7% decrease in service.

    One of the OCTA board members actually proposed dismantling the entire bus system. I say that comment board needs some support.