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What do you like best about transit in other cities?

    • 14 posts
    September 18, 2016 7:53 PM CDT

    What do you wish we had here in Memphis?

    • 5 posts
    October 26, 2016 11:22 AM CDT

    Short-term wish: I wish that you could purchase a FastPass without having to go to a bus station. I know some cities have reloadable cards that you can load money onto at atm type stations or using an app.

     

    Long-term wish: Better marketing by the city to try and promote transit and lessen the stigma of bus riding. I think if people realized how easy and unintimidating it is, more people would at least be willing to try.

    • 2 posts
    October 31, 2016 4:40 PM CDT

    Agreed.  For my commute, I'd like the routes to go all the way into downtown, closer to our jobs and destinations, which would also let the routes cross downtown for those who need to tranfer.  Right now my routes turn up Third to go to the transit center. I have to get off and walk, or ride way out of my way.

  • February 22, 2017 7:50 AM CST
    I like trains.

    I am a member of Midwest High Speed Rail Association (Justbuildit.org). Would like to see Memphis included in that network. Would like to see Memphis join the cities with a subway.

    Being able to change modes of transportation, I think, is often the most important part of the transportation network. So being able to easily transition from plane to bus / train from bus to train from bike to car and so forth. If you need a car to get from the plane to the bus we fail.

    I came to this forum though LivableMemphis.
  • February 22, 2017 11:00 AM CST

    My father worked for frieght rail and I have found myself riding a lot of passenger rail both for pleasure and as a communter in my life time.  Rail is happening in the south and in the middle of the country, which is often over looked.

    Thought I would share some news on passenger rail from the region:

    The Southern Rail Commission will promote the safe, reliable and efficient movement of people and goods to enhance economic development along rail corridors; provide transportation choices; and facilitate emergency evacuation routes.... The Southern Rail Commission’s vision is to create a strong, multi-modal transportation network connecting the entire Gulf South with passenger rail service. Since Hurricane Katrina, all modes of transportation crossing the Gulf Coast have been reestablished except for passenger rail.

    http://www.southernrailcommission.org/amtrak/

     

    All Aboard Florida develops innovative multi-use community spaces that incorporate a unique transportation service. The company is building Brightline and dynamic mobility-centric urban centers in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. All Aboard Florida is a part of Florida East Coast Industries, parent company of successful operations in real estate, transportation and infrastructure.

    http://allaboardflorida.com/about-us/all-aboard-florida

     

    Also, the Midwest High Speed Rail Association is one of the nation’s leading advocacy organizations in the effort to bring high-speed rail to the United States.

    http://www.midwesthsr.org/vision

     

    And a couple news storied of note:

    Amtrak is to resume providing rolling stock for the Hoosier State inter-city train between Chicago and Indianapolis  (http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/passenger/single-view/view/hoosier-state-returns-to-amtrak-fold.html)

    Dallas City Leaders Making Plans For High Speed Rail (http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2017/01/23/dallas-city-leaders-making-plans-forhigh-speed-rail/)

    Trump laments lack of 'fast trains' in US during meeting with airline execs (http://thehill.com/policy/transportation/318680-trump-laments-lack-of-high-speed-rail-in-us-during-meeting-with)