A blog for better streets and public spaces in Portland, Maine.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Boulder's Bus Success

Here's a new Streetsfilm about the city of Boulder, CO's extremely successful and popular bus system. Keep in mind, as you watch this, that Boulder's population of 100,000 people is less than the combined populations of Portland, South Portland, and Westbrook, which occupy roughly the same amount of land as the city of Boulder:

Also note former Mayor Will Toor's quote: "In 1990, the bus was essentially a social service for people who had no other choice about how they got around." Boulder, 20 years ago, was a lot like Portland, Maine today. Luckily, a number of recommendations of the Portland Peninsula Transit Study borrow strategies from Boulder: free bus passes for downtown workers, for example, and better bus service funded by downtown parking meters.

1 comment:

Corey Templeton said...

Gosh, maybe there is hope for Portland someday if the funding is ever there. I can identify with the statement about a desire to feel like a 'valued customer' as opposed to a 'criminal' when using the bus. The metro feels more like a government social service program than a mass transit service. The 'mass' of local residents currently avoid it. But on a positive note, do keep us up to date with the peninsula transit study! I see some hope there also.