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Get Onboard: It’s Time To Stop Hating the Bus (by NPR)



“Everyone loves to hate riding the bus — passengers complain about cleanliness, overcrowding, timeliness and inefficiency. In a piece for Salon.com, writer Will Doig argues that disliking the bus is “practically an American pastime,” but buses are key to improving mass transit. Doig thinks that rather than spending money on expensive new systems like light rail or streetcars, cities should focus on making buses better.”

Click here to read more or to listen to the recent broadcast by NPRThis interview was originally broadcast on March 29, 2012.

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3 Comments to Get Onboard: It’s Time To Stop Hating the Bus (by NPR)

  1. Brett Kurashige

    Here’s a recent Atlantic Monthly article on “The growing popularity of BRT”:
    http://www.theatlanticcities.com/commute/2012/06/growing-popularity-bus-rapid-transit/2164/

  2. Paul

    The Bus here alrady has many of the innovations mentioned and especially security cameras but sans WiFi.

    The negative connotations applied to the Bus in other cities is an indication of the types of people in those cities !

    Here in Honolulu our Bus is clean, air conditioned with a ridership that is overwhelmingly civilized,quiet but friendly ie the Ohan Aloha spirit.

    Let’s keep it the BEST Bus system and EXPAND it !

  3. Alexis

    I have been a bus rider for 33 years & of those 33 years, I have filed two complaints due to wreckless drivers. Other than that, it is a very good system. However, like many other different types of systems it needs improvements.

    I have always been against the rail from the very beginning for various reasons. I agree with Paul…keep our bus system so in can continue to be the BEST in the nation & enhance it. There is & always was ways to improve it.

    Oh, and just one last note….STOP BEING GREEDY IN REGARDS TO HAVING SO MUCH POWER & LET OTS/THE BUS MANAGE THE SYSTEM ACCORDING TO THE HONOLULU CITY ORDINANCES UNDER PUBLIC TRANSIT, ARTICLE 8…TRANSIT MANAGEMENT SERVICES CONTRACTOR; SEC. 13-8.1(3)…HRS CHAPTER 51 GIVES EACH COUNTY THE “POWER TO PROVIDE MASS TRANSPORTATION SERVICE, WHETHER DIRECTLY, JOINTLY OR UNDER CONTRACT WITH PRIVATE PARTIES, WITHOUT THE COUNTY OR PRIVATE PARTIES BEING SUBJECT TO THE JURISDICTION AND CONTROL OF THE PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION IN ANY MANNER.” The way I interpret this ordinance is that the State of Hawaii gave the city permission to contract a private party, in which this case is OTS/THEBUS. Look into th entire ordinance as well as Sec. 13-8.2, 13-8.3 & Sec. 13-6.1 & 13-6.2.

    Based on what I’ve read in these ordinances, it sure sounds to me that OTS/THEBUS was hired under contract that they operate as a private, nonprofit corporattion, shall be an independent contractor in relation to the city, shall be the employer of record of the bus and special transit personnel, who shall be deemed employees of OTS/THEBUS under 29 USC Section 152(3), and who shall not be deemed public employees under Hawaii Revised Statutes Chapter 89. Last but not least, OTE/THEBUS shall manage, operate, and maintain the city bus system and special transit service in the most EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE MANNER AND IN ACCORDANCE WITH SOUND MANAGEMENT PRACTICES….

    In other words…..EVEN IF OTS/THEBUS IS SUBSIDIZED BY THE CITY & FEDERAL FUNDS, THEY SHOULD BE ABLE TO OPERATE AS THEIR OWN ENTITY. MANAGEMENT SHOULDN’T HAVE TO FEEL THAT THEY HAVE TO BE BONDED TO WHATEVER THE MAYOR OR ANY CITY TRANSPORTATION CITY OFFICIALS SAYS. THEY CAN PRESENT MATERIAL TO THE MAYOR & OTHER TRANSPORTATION CITY OFFICIALS……BUT THAT’S ABOUT IT!!! WITH THE VOICE OF THE BUS DRIVERS….ALL FINAL RESOLUTIONS SHOULD BE DETERMINED & EXECUTED BY THE OTS/THEBUS.

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