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Old 02-14-2013, 02:39 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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I've thought about this long and hard. I still can't figure it out.

Many people will say that, "There needs to be demand before public transportation can be built/improved/implemented."

How does this work?

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Old 02-14-2013, 03:13 PM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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I've thought about this long and hard. I still can't figure it out.

Many people will say that, "There needs to be demand before public transportation can be built/improved/implemented."

How does this work?

Petitions, moving to neighborhoods that already have transit (problem if there is none in the city), voting - there is probably no better example of a "demand" for transit than the passage of Measure R in Los Angeles (requiring a 2/3 vote).
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Old 02-14-2013, 03:14 PM
 
Location: The City
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Call a cab
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Old 02-14-2013, 03:28 PM
 
Location: Michigan
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Surveys. Studies. Statistics.
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Old 02-14-2013, 05:42 PM
 
Location: Laurentia
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There are ways to gauge demand for public transit, including but not limited to polls, letters to the editor, mass demonstrations, word of mouth, and petitions.
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Old 02-14-2013, 06:13 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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Many people will say that,
"There needs to be demand before public transportation can be built/improved/implemented."

How does this work?
You get those people to live within 5 miles of city centers where public transportation already is.
The closer to that center... the happier they will be.
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Old 02-14-2013, 06:51 PM
 
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Start by writing your elected officials. Go to public meetings such as chamber of commerce and bring it up. Then come the petition drives to get referenda on the ballot and eventually actual funding. Works better if there is already rail service in the region. If you only have low-quality bus service it is a bigger leap. But it can be done!
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Old 02-14-2013, 07:31 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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I've thought about this long and hard. I still can't figure it out.

Many people will say that, "There needs to be demand before public transportation can be built/improved/implemented."

How does this work?

Petition government to provide public tranportation (plan, construct, operate, maintain, etc.

[and be willing to pay for it]
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