Porterville, California, is about to make transportation history. The little Californian city only receives an average of 13 inches of rain a year, which makes it particularly vulnerable to atmospheric inversion, which holds in the exhausts from vehicles, agriculture, and other sources. Thanks to a determined city hall, the number of Stage 1 smog alerts declined from 100% per year, in the 1970s, to almost zero. On December 7, the California Air Resources Board awarded $9.5-million to replace its’ entire bus fleet. By January, 2018, Porterville should have North America’s first 100% electric municipal bus system.
Good news for those concerned with the state of our province’s aging transportation system. The Federal, provincial and municipal governments are partnering to provide a total of $900 million for BC’s aging infrastructure.
The ECOreport looks into why In Germany, public transit is often the preferred way to Travel
By Roy L Hales
North American cities are primarily designed for automotive traffic. There has been more attention to bicycles, buses and trains, but most people still look upon them as a poor person’s transportation. There is a much different model in Europe. In Germany, public transit is often the preferred way to travel.
The average Toronto resident uses rapid transit 133 times a year. That’s much higher than Calgary (74) or Vancouver (52), yet these two cities have spent more developing their infrastructure during the past two decades. The most accessible transit system is in Montreal, which is within a 15 minute walk for 37% of the population. These are a few of the facts in the Pembina Institute’s new report “Fast Cities: Comparing transit across Canada.”