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Mar. 20th, 2011

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A wonderful report on the positive features of public transportation

In recent years, the need for environmentally sound forms of transportation has become obvious: transportation that uses less fossil fuel, that emits less toxic gases and transportation that helps eliminate the need for more or larger roads. The 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report (which represents the consensus of the world’s leading climate scientists and was approved by member governments including the U.S.) concluded that greenhouse gas emissions must be reduced by 50 to 85% by 2050 in order to limit global warming to 4 degrees Fahrenheit, thereby avoiding many of the worst impacts of climate change. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transportation will require a broad range of strategies, including increasing vehicle efficiency, lowering the carbon content of fuels, and reducing vehicle miles of travel. Public transportation can be one part of the solution.1

1. “Public Transportations Role in Responding to Climate Change” Department of Transportation, FTA Jan 2009

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Popular Places Florida Keys

Sunset at Mallory Square Key West

The Florida Keys are a chain of islands stretching from the southern tip of the Florida mainland for about 100 miles to Key West, the closest place in the United States to Cuba. While a few of the keys are located off the coast near Miami, most think of “The Keys” as starting at Key Largo, approximately 50 miles further south. Also considered part of the Florida Keys are the Dry Tortugas National Park, home of Ft. Jefferson(?) National park about 70 miles west of Key West.

An area of natural beauty, rich history and a laid back atmosphere, “The Keys” are well served by public transportation. At one time, the entire length of the keys was served by the “Overseas Railway” until it was detroyed by the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935. Since a highway connecting the islands was already under construction, the railway was never rebuilt. Service today is by bus and ferry.

Getting There

Greyhound - Twice daily bus service from downtown Miami and Miami airport to Key Largo, Islamorado, Marathon, Big Pine Key and Key West. The station at Key West is at the Key West International Airport but connections are available to downtown Key West and other points on the island via Key West Transit (link). Connections at Miami downtown for intercity buses nationwide. The Amtrak station is near the airport (shuttle required) where nationwide connections are available.

Keys Shuttle - Airport shuttle from Fort Lauderdale and Miami airports to Key Largo, Tavernier, Islamorada, Marathon, Big Pine Key and Key West.

Key West Express - Ferry from Fort Myers Beach and Marco Island to Key West

Yankee Freedom – Ferry from Key West to the Dry Tortugas National Park.

Getting Around

Key West Transit - Serves Key West and Stock Islands with 4 circular shuttles and via The Lower Keys Shuttle from Key West to Marathon along Route 1.

Dade/Monroe Express - Local bus service 7 days a week from Marathon to Florida City on the mainland where connections are available to Miami and other surrounding communities.

Monroe County Transit - Dial-a-ride service throughout the Florida Keys. Their main focus is on individuals that are transportation disadvantaged such as the elderly, disabled or needy individuals whose disability prevents them riding regular fixed route or commuter transit vehicles, but is available to the general public on a space available basis. Advance registration and reservations (7days-3pm day before service) is required.

Florida via Public Transportation

Just came on a blog post about a vacation trip from Pittsburgh to southern Florida
totally via public transportation.  It does a wonderful job showing how ofter public
transportation is an option when traveling.

Writer's Block: The name game

What's the origin of your username? If you could change it to anything else, would you, and what would it be?

My user name, pubtran is for my interest in public transportation.  No, would not change it.

Busting the "User Fee" Highway Myth


A wonderful article exposing the false assumption that roads pay for themselves using the taxes
drivers pay when buying gasoline.  Roads are subsidized just as public transportation is.  The subsidy
is just in a less visible form.

Popular Places Martha's Vineyard

This is the first of many posts on popular destinations that are accessible via public transportation.

Martha's Vineyard

VTA Bus at Oak Bluffs Steamship Authority Dock

Martha's Vineyard, a 10 by 20 mile triangular shaped island approximately 7 miles off the coast of Cape Cod in
Massachusetts is a popular summer resort of picturesque villages, historic buildings, beautiful beaches,
lighthouses, wildlife reserves, country roads and much more.

The Smart Guide is an online guide to car free travel on Martha's Vineyard as well as Nantucket Island and Cape Cod.  Detailed information on public transportation and bicycling both on the island and about ways to get there.

Vineyard Transit Authority (VTA) - The Martha's Vineyard Transit Authority provides year round transportation to all 6 of the island towns, stopping at or near all the important points of interest.  Transfer points around the island provide convenient timed connections with minimal waits in most cases. Flag stops are allowed on all routes wherever the bus can stop safely. Be sure to pick up a copy of the "Riders Guide" which provides a list of flag stop exceptions.
The free “System Route Map” includes maps of all routes, fare and pass information and a town by town guide to routes. Fares as of September 2010 are $1.00 per town,  each way, including town or origin. Passes are One Day $7.00, Three Day $15.00 and Seven Day $25.00. A pass is frequently your most economical option even for one round trip if you travel in more than two towns.
One day, three day and seven day passes may be purchased on the bus, at the Steamship Authority Terminals, or from ticket sellers at the Oak
  Bluffs and Vineyard Haven stops from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Persons with disabilities and seniors 65 and over pay ½ fare. Children 6 and under ride free when accompanied by an adult.


 Have you ever wanted to use public transportation for your vacation or to travel to visit family and friends? Did you find it difficult to find the necessary schedules, fares and other pertinent information? Over the years, I have found it involved a substantial amount of research and difficulty in finding the needed information.
To help others in this endeavor I have created a web site with information and links to on-line information for public transportation travel.
Let me know what you think, comments, criticisms, etc.