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Re: “Cut to Black

the bicycle film festival didn't "bypass" Richmond, Richmond failed to come up with the sponsorship money to get it to come here. This despite the fact we're having a World Championship. If you want to organize the BFF next year and raise the funds, we can have a BFF.

Posted by epheme on 11/21/2014 at 9:46 AM

Re: “In City Bike Racks, an Opportunity For Local Employment

it would have been really great reporting to actually provide a photo of the new racks....

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Posted by epheme on 06/25/2014 at 12:17 PM

Re: “GRTC Bypasses Debate, Finally Gets a Bus Transfer Station

Scott, my understanding from previous plans I've seen is there will be a downtown circulator route that serves the transfer station. Given the basic flow of GRTC buses now, most of them take a right on 14th from Broad and head down to Main. That means you could hop out at 14th and Franklin and be about 2 blocks from a Stadium or Main Street Station. Honestly, I think that having every single bus come to Shockoe Bottom is not the best idea, and this spot works considering what I have heard about the bike race.

What's going to be fun is when the people who work in the buildings surrounding that lot find out that their parking spaces are gone. Ditto for people who have to pay to park in that lot to go to traffic, drug, or other criminal court proceedings at the John Marshall Courthouse. There's the coliseum deck just west of it that may have the capacity, but then again all this is speculation because I didn't get to the meeting. Aren't you on the Public Transit commission? Surprised you don't know any details.

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Posted by epheme on 12/18/2013 at 11:00 AM

Re: “GRTC Bypasses Debate, Finally Gets a Bus Transfer Station

It was oddly quiet because they didn't publicize it, maybe? I ride the bus frequently and there were no announcements over the bus PA(they do this for holidays/special events), posters on/in buses or at bus stops that I saw. And I work a block from the proposed site.

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Posted by epheme on 12/17/2013 at 6:01 PM

Re: “Coalition Theater Directors

Congrats, guys!

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Posted by epheme on 10/16/2013 at 8:50 AM

Re: “Ryan Rinn, 32

Ryan is awesome, keep up the great work!!!

Posted by epheme on 10/16/2013 at 8:49 AM

Re: “Quicker Travel: GRTC Makes Case for New $70 Million Line

Mark - I asked that same question a few years back and apparently the van size buses run on gasoline, not diesel (and are soon to be CNG) so they don't get that much better mileage than a fullsize bus. They are used when the route necessitates turning down streets a bus can't navigate.

At rush hour there are frequently 15-20 people on my bus. Basically it's a problem of the buses don't adequately connect enough riders with jobs and shopping, coupled with the fact that the buses are perceived to be unreliable (the GPS bus tracker has helped with this some) may not come as often as folks would like, and have to negotiate Broad Street Traffic (the bus only lane helped with this but it's still not great). I'm no GRTC apologist but I do think they get an unfair bad rap in some ways. If you live within a half mile of a GRTC bus stop and work downtown, try it sometime. Costs of commuting to work via a car would be about $8/day for me. I estimate I save around $6,000 a year by biking, walking, or taking the bus to work.

In a city where we have one of the lowest rates of auto congestion and ample free (read: subsidized by your taxes) parking, it's not really any wonder that people choose to drive rather than take transit. If single-car occupancy costs were passed on to the driver in the form of gas taxes and parking meter fees, you can bet transit use rates would go up.

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Posted by epheme on 08/28/2013 at 11:05 AM

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