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USDOT Secretary LaHood is excited about Austin’s BRT

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is an extra-long bus that operates in a dedicated lane and gets priority at intersections. Some say it’s “rail on wheels.”

Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff came to Austin to sign a federal grant of $38 million for the system. It’s expected to be running in 2014.

Bus Rapid Transit is a component of the All Systems Go plan, which has been designed to link transit modes and improve connectivity in the system. BRT service will give better transit options for the MoPac and I-35 corridors. Here’s the Cap Metro information page on the Bus Rapid Transit routes. Because of their extended length, these busses have more room for bikes and wheelchairs.

-Kari Banta, Transportation Associate

Dump the Pump Tomorrow, June 16th

Dump the Pump.  Save Money. Ride Transit.
June 16th, 2011 is a great day to encourage your friends and coworkers to try public transportation for their commutes.

The Sierra Club is partnering with the American Public Transit Association to use this day of action as an opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of public transit. Click here to send a message to your members of Congress and President Obama to say that America needs a world class public transportation system that moves us off oil.

Already use transit or another car-free way to get to work? Use #TweetMyRide on Twitter to let us know!
Local Events in Texas:
Lubbock: Citibus will run free of charge on June 16th.
McAllen: At the Bus Terminal, Metro McAllen have free passes, snow cones and other treats. They will also have an informational booth and be passing out marketing tools to educate the public on the transportation system and how it provides travel options other than driving a car.
Austin: Capital Metro is having a brown bag lunch with live music at 11:00am – 1:00 pm at Brush Square, across from Downtown Station.
Dallas/Fort Worth: DART, The T in Fort Worth, and the North Texas Clean Air Coalition have more details on their event here.
San Antonio: VIA is sponsoring a contest. Take a picture of yourself riding the bus on June 16th and post it to their Facebook page for a chance to win a free month’s pass.

“Dump the Pump Day” started in June 2006 when gas prices were $3 per gallon. Now that gas prices are closer to $4 per gallon, saving money is on everyone’s minds and public transportation is the quickest way to beat high gas prices.  According to the latest APTA Transit Savings Report,  a two-person household in Dallas can save an average of nearly $10,000 annually by downsizing to one car.

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