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International Public Transit: Alexa Edinburgh: Boost public transit to keep young grads here

Dear Editor: As a student about to finish my undergraduate degree at the  University of Wisconsin-Madison, I am troubled by aspects of Gov. Scott Walker’s  proposed state budget that fail to meet Wisconsin’s transportation needs.

Easily accessible public transit is a major factor in deciding where I’ll  settle and start my career. Throughout college I have relied on the bus system  in Madison. Although campus routes are good, taking the bus to other  destinations can be hit or miss, especially on evenings or weekends. If these  services are reduced due to funding reductions, graduates may relocate to other  cities. I don’t relish the idea of trading the transit service and bike paths  I’m used to for the traffic, pollution, and high cost of commuting by car in  places where driving is the only option. Choosing transit over driving and  maintaining a car will also help me pay off my student loans.

Chicago offers trains that facilitate an easy commute into and around the  city. Bus service is also excellent, with frequent service and low fares. Even  though we don’t have the same population density, Madison stands to lose out if  we ignore growing traffic issues on the Beltline and the isthmus over the next  decade.

Wisconsin should do all it can to avoid losing bright, young professionals to  other states. Legislators can help do that with a budget that continues to  support transit through the transportation fund, reduces highway spending, and  expands public transit.

Alexa Edinburgh

Source:TheCapTimes

Madison

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Hook public transit users while they’re young: study

Jeanette Agcaoili sits on a bus on Guy St. in Montreal on Friday February 15, 2013. A new McGill University study has found that young Montrealers are not only using public transit much more these days, that shift is holding as they age. The researchers say the Société de transport de Montréal could seize on the trend and make transit even more attractive to youth in a bid to keep more of them from switching to cars. Photograph by: John Kenney , The Gazette

MONTREAL – Get them on buses, métros and trains while they’re young.

A new McGill University study has found that young Montrealers are not only using public transit much more these days, but that the shift is holding as they age.

The researchers say Montreal-area transit agencies could seize on the trend and make transit even more attractive to youth.

That could keep more of them from switching to cars and exacerbating Montreal’s traffic and pollution problems.

The rate of youth transit use has increased around the world in recent years.

In Montreal, 43 per cent of people age 20 to 25 used only public transit to get to school or work in 2008, compared with just 36 per cent in 1998, according to the study, conducted by Michael Grimsrud, a McGill urban-planning master’s student, and urban-planning professor Ahmed El-Geneidy. Continue reading