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  • 21st Century Transportation | CALPIRG Students
    It is estimated that the network will reduce global warming pollution by up to 12 billion pounds of carbon dioxide a year by 2030 the equivalent of taking almost one million cars off the road and improve air quality in all regions Keep Reading Report CALPIRG Transit Road Work Ahead Holding Government Accountable for Fixing America s Crumbling Roads and Bridges To fix our roads and bridges America first must fix our transportation policies To counteract the tendencies to neglect repair and maintenance we must adopt strong fix it first rules that give priority to maintenance of our existing roads and bridges set national goals for the condition of our transportation system and hold state governments accountable for achieving results Keep Reading Report CALPIRG Transit Do Roads Pay for Themselves Setting the Record Straight on Transportation Funding Highway advocates often claim that roads pay for themselves with gasoline taxes and other charges to motorists covering or nearly covering the full cost of highway construction and maintenance They are wrong Keep Reading Media Hit Transit CALPIRG Students Rally for High Speed Rail It s no surprise that CALPIRG is a strong supporter of High Speed Rail for California While the rest of L A County was holding their breath on the L A County transit tax ballot proposition known as Measure R in 2008 CALPIRG was more concerned with a state bonding proposition that would set aside billions for the California High Speed Rail Project Keep Reading News Release CALPIRG Transit CALPIRG Students Rally for High Speed Rail It s no surprise that CALPIRG is a strong supporter of High Speed Rail for California Keep Reading Pages first previous 1 2 3 next last View All RSS Feed About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Frequently Asked Questions Campus Chapters UC

    Original URL path: http://calpirgstudents.org/campaigns/ca/21st-century-transportation?page=1 (2016-04-29)
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  • 21st Century Transportation | CALPIRG Students
    and public transportation by building grassroots support garnering media attention and getting community leaders like mayors and business owners to join the call for 21st century transportation Issue updates Blog Post Transit Stop Pedaling start driving Stop pedaling start driving Or so says the ad that GM ran in college newspapers last week calling on students to drop their environmentalist ideals and pick up some keys This is all part of GM s ad campaign geared at college students Reality Sucks Luckily the GM College Discount Doesn t Keep Reading Add new comment Blog Post Transit Mad Fast Trains Gas prices are rising traffic is congesting smog is smogging That s why in 2008 CALPIRG Students led the effort to invest in a high speed rail line connecting our major cities in California Once it s completed this bullet train will take you from Anaheim to San Francisco in 3 hours However High Speed Rail is under attack Congress is proposing to cut all our federal investments This is no good Keep Reading Add new comment Pages first previous 1 2 3 View All RSS Feed About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Frequently Asked Questions Campus Chapters UC Berkeley UC Davis UC Irvine UC Riverside UC San Diego UC Santa Barbara UC Santa Cruz UCLA USC Get Involved Take Action Volunteer on Campus Campus Internships Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Stopping Global Warming California Water Watch Don t Get Ripped Off Hunger and Homelessness Protect Our Beautiful Places New Voters Project Protect Public Health 21st Century Transportation Make Textbooks Affordable Newsroom Latest Updates Blog PIRG in the News News Releases Reports Donate Internships Work on important issues learn valuable skills get hands on experience and make a difference Get Info Students in Action Like Us Follow

    Original URL path: http://calpirgstudents.org/campaigns/ca/21st-century-transportation?page=2 (2016-04-29)
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  • The Right Track: Building a 21st Century High-Speed Rail System for America | CALPIRG Students
    Tampa Orlando and Miami Trains traveling at 165 mph or more would bypass traffic on the state s congested highways and link together many of the state s biggest attractions Florida is also seeking to restore rail service along its east coast providing new service to important coastal destinations The Gulf Coast states are pursuing the restoration of passenger rail service east of New Orleans that was disrupted after Hurricane Katrina Over the long term the states are looking to build a modern passenger rail network with links between New Orleans and Baton Rouge to the north Houston to the west Birmingham to the northeast and the Florida Panhandle to the east The proposed Texas T Bone high speed rail network would serve as a core for improved passenger rail service throughout the South Central region The T Bone network running from Dallas to San Antonio and east to Houston would serve fast growing metropolitan areas with more than 15 million residents Additional connections would include high speed service between Texas Oklahoma City and Tulsa and an eventual high speed rail connection with Little Rock The rapidly growing Southwest trails other regions in planning for high speed rail but has several potential corridors for new service including potential lines serving Denver Colorado s Front Range Phoenix Tucson and Las Vegas The Midwest already has extensive rail lines which states are seeking to modernize creating a regional network of efficient passenger rail routes with Chicago as the hub St Louis Kansas City Cleveland Detroit Milwaukee Madison and Minneapolis St Paul would all enjoy convenient connections with Chicago and each other with a revitalized regional rail system Building the system is estimated to create over 152 000 person years of work and 57 000 permanent jobs In the Pacific Northwest ridership on Amtrak s Cascades line between Eugene Portland Seattle and Vancouver B C has increased eight fold over the past 15 years Further improvements to the line will reduce travel time and add round trips attracting more than 3 million passengers a year and relieving congestion on crowded Interstate 5 California s high speed rail system one of the most comprehensive and modern networks planned in the United States will be a big step forward in addressing the state s problems with traffic and air pollution The network will provide the efficient travel between California s major cities that the state s large population and economy require with multiple trains per hour stopping in all of the state s largest cities and traveling at top speeds over 200 mph Recent investments in passenger rail have already paid off in higher ridership Over the last decade Amtrak ridership has increased by 26 percent with an additional 5 6 million passengers per year riding intercity rail Despite the economic downturn Amtrak served a record number of riders in the last three months of 2009 Ridership on regional commuter rail lines has increased as well The creation of near high speed service between Boston

    Original URL path: http://calpirgstudents.org/reports/ca/right-track-building-21st-century-high-speed-rail-system-america (2016-04-29)
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  • Road Work Ahead: Holding Government Accountable for Fixing America's Crumbling Roads and Bridges | CALPIRG Students
    to maintenance Members of Congress state legislators and local politicians thrive on ribbon cuttings Powerful special interests push for new and bigger highways Meanwhile federal and state policies which should provide strong guidance in the wise use of taxpayer dollars often fail to achieve the proper balance between building new infrastructure and taking care of what we already have built To fix our roads and bridges America first must fix our transportation policies To counteract the tendencies to neglect repair and maintenance we must adopt strong fix it first rules that give priority to maintenance of our existing roads and bridges set national goals for the condition of our transportation system and hold state governments accountable for achieving results Road Work Ahead describes how America s roads and bridges are in disrepair bringing together a wide variety of statistics and sources with state by state analysis It shows how special interest pressure tilts the playing field toward the construction of new and ever wider highways at the expense of repair and maintenance U S transportation policy fails to properly emphasize highway and bridge maintenance with federal transportation policies allocating vast amounts of money to the states with little direction and no accountability and with Congressional earmarks further tilting spending away from maintenance State transportation funding policies are often similarly short sighted focusing on the creation of politically popular new highways rather than maintaining existing roads and bridges Spending more money on transportation won t fix America s roads and bridges without a top to bottom shift in funding priorities and policies The report s recommendations include ways to Make highway and bridge maintenance a national priority Reorganize federal highway programs to focus exclusively on either maintenance or new construction Require states receiving federal aid to plan for future maintenance before

    Original URL path: http://calpirgstudents.org/reports/ca/road-work-ahead-holding-government-accountable-fixing-americas-crumbling-roads-and (2016-04-29)
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  • Do Roads Pay for Themselves? Setting the Record Straight on Transportation Funding | CALPIRG Students
    society State gas taxes are often not entirely extra fees Most states exempt gasoline from the state sales tax The substitution of the gasoline tax for the sales tax diverts much of the money that would have gone into a state s general fund to a fund used often for the exclusive benefit of drivers In some states such as New Jersey the gasoline tax is at times lower than the corresponding sales tax would be meaning that drivers get a net tax subsidy that encourages the purchase of gasoline relative to other goods Federal gas taxes have typically not been devoted exclusively to highways The federal gas tax began its life as a deficit fighting measure under President Herbert Hoover decades before the Interstate Highway System Only during a brief 17 year period beginning in 1956 did Congress temporarily dedicate gas tax revenues to construct the Interstate network a project completed in the 1990s Since 1973 the gasoline tax has been used to fund a variety of important transportation priorities and has periodically been used to reduce the federal deficit Many states use gas tax revenue for a variety of purposes While many states have historically dedicated their own state gasoline taxes to highways that decision has not been universal According to Federal Highway Administration data roughly 20 cents of every dollar collected in state gas taxes motor vehicle fees or tolls nationwide is used for public transportation and other governmental purposes Many of the states that do use gasoline taxes solely for highways do so because they remain bound by constitutional earmarks of gasoline taxes imposed as much as three quarters of a century ago regardless of whether those decisions still make sense today Highways don t pay for themselves Since 1947 the amount of money spent on highways roads and streets has exceeded the amount raised through gasoline taxes and other so called user fees by 600 billion 2005 dollars representing a massive transfer of general government funds to highways Highways ìpay for themselvesî less today than ever Currently highway ìuser feesî pay only about half the cost of building and maintaining the nation s network of highways roads and streets These figures fail to include the many costs imposed by highway construction on non users of the system including damage to the environment and public health and encouragement of sprawling forms of development that impose major costs on the environment and government finances New or expanded highways are even less likely to pay for themselves in the future as changing demographic conditions and consumer choices limit the growth in vehicle travel and fuel use that would otherwise provide the revenue for a major program of highway expansion Highway advocates use the user fees highways pay for themselves myth in an effort to secure access to scarce government revenue for their desired public policy ends distorting transportation decision making Highway advocates often argue that the fact that highways come with their own built in source of revenue

    Original URL path: http://calpirgstudents.org/reports/ca/do-roads-pay-themselves-setting-record-straight-transportation-funding (2016-04-29)
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  • Make Textbooks Affordable | CALPIRG Students
    or low cost open source electronic versions a new report finds Keep Reading Report CALPIRG and other Student PIRGs Textbooks Open Textbooks The Billion Dollar Solution Keep Reading News Release Student PIRGs Higher Ed Textbooks REPORT Open Textbooks The Billion Dollar Solution A report released today by the Student PIRGs shows that an alternative textbook model called open textbooks could save undergraduate students more than a billion dollar a year Keep Reading Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 next last View All RSS Feed About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Frequently Asked Questions Campus Chapters UC Berkeley UC Davis UC Irvine UC Riverside UC San Diego UC Santa Barbara UC Santa Cruz UCLA USC Get Involved Take Action Volunteer on Campus Campus Internships Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Stopping Global Warming California Water Watch Don t Get Ripped Off Hunger and Homelessness Protect Our Beautiful Places New Voters Project Protect Public Health 21st Century Transportation Make Textbooks Affordable Newsroom Latest Updates Blog PIRG in the News News Releases Reports Donate Internships Work on important issues learn valuable skills get hands on experience and make a difference Get Info Take Action Faculty

    Original URL path: http://calpirgstudents.org/campaigns/sp/make-textbooks-affordable?page=1 (2016-04-29)
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  • Make Textbooks Affordable | CALPIRG Students
    And dozens of schools around the country have kicked off pilot programs that will save students billions in textbook prices Keep Reading Media Hit Textbooks Throwing the Book at the High Cost of Textbooks Keep Reading Report U S PIRG Education Fund and the Student PIRGs Higher Ed Textbooks Fixing the Broken Textbook Market This study demonstrates that despite recent steps forward in the marketplace high textbook costs will continue to be a problem for students unless the cost of high priced new editions of college textbooks comes down Keep Reading Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 next last View All RSS Feed About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Frequently Asked Questions Campus Chapters UC Berkeley UC Davis UC Irvine UC Riverside UC San Diego UC Santa Barbara UC Santa Cruz UCLA USC Get Involved Take Action Volunteer on Campus Campus Internships Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Stopping Global Warming California Water Watch Don t Get Ripped Off Hunger and Homelessness Protect Our Beautiful Places New Voters Project Protect Public Health 21st Century Transportation Make Textbooks Affordable Newsroom Latest Updates Blog PIRG in the News News Releases Reports Donate Internships Work

    Original URL path: http://calpirgstudents.org/campaigns/sp/make-textbooks-affordable?page=2 (2016-04-29)
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  • Make Textbooks Affordable | CALPIRG Students
    texts at a rate three times higher than the prices of general books Keep Reading Blog Post Textbooks Big Day for Open Education Today was a big day in the movement for free and open textbooks A conference call featuring U S Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter CALPIRG textbook affordability activist Arthur Karadzhyan and other leaders kicked off two exciting new initiatives for open education Keep Reading Resource Textbooks Federal Textbook Price Disclosure Law Summary The HEOA short for the Higher Education Opportunity Act is a higher education reform bill passed by Congress in 2008 Among the many provisions in HEOA was a set of important regulations to help make textbooks affordable which went into effect July 1 2010 Keep Reading Resource Textbooks Make Textbooks Affordable Recommendations to Faculty Summary Faculty are in charge of selecting textbooks which puts them in a key position to help students save money Follow these guidelines to help minimize costs Keep Reading Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 next last View All RSS Feed About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Frequently Asked Questions Campus Chapters UC Berkeley UC Davis UC Irvine UC Riverside UC San Diego UC Santa Barbara UC Santa Cruz UCLA USC Get Involved Take Action Volunteer on Campus Campus Internships Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Stopping Global Warming California Water Watch Don t Get Ripped Off Hunger and Homelessness Protect Our Beautiful Places New Voters Project Protect Public Health 21st Century Transportation Make Textbooks Affordable Newsroom Latest Updates Blog PIRG in the News News Releases Reports Donate Internships Work on important issues learn valuable skills get hands on experience and make a difference Get Info Take Action Faculty Member Check out the Open Textbook Statement of Support Students in Action Like

    Original URL path: http://calpirgstudents.org/campaigns/sp/make-textbooks-affordable?page=3 (2016-04-29)
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