Beach driving, although popular among locals and Orlando visitors, has long been a subject of dispute. Environmentalists dislike it, saying it harms plant and animal life. They threatened to sue over sea turtles, which nest in the sand, and the county negotiated an agreement. Cars must now stay clear of nesting areas.
Others see such driving as an unnecessary danger. The beach has grown more crowded in spots because it is narrower than before and only 17 miles are open to cars. Since 2005, three people have been killed on the beaches, including two children, and 67 have been injured, according to Volusia County records.
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The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) will add more direct routes and expand service for more popular routes, such as the Main Street MAX, starting July 1.
KCATA is responding to a rise in public transit ridership to the tune of 14 percent in the first three months of the year, following a national trends as travelers seek to avoid the high price of gasoline.
The American Public Transportation Associationreleased a report on Monday citing 2.7 billion passenger trips nationwide on public buses, trains and other public transportation modes during the first quarter. This represents a five percent rise from the same period one year ago.
Adults of Generation Y – born after the mid 1970s – often prefer riding the bus to driving a car, prompting a new migration back to the city core.
via KCATA to add transit routes, streetcar as ridership grows – Kansas City Sustainable Transportation | Examiner.com.