Government / Politics

April 16, 2016, 7am PDT
Help is on the way. The law that requires the governor's planning office to devise an alternative method for measuring vehicle traffic for environmental compliance will also take up where an earlier law that exempted bike lanes from CEQA left off.
Los Angeles Times
April 15, 2016, 1pm PDT
A one-cent transportation sales tax took a major step forward to being placed on the Broward County November 2016 ballot with the 7-1 approval of the Broward County Commission. It now goes to the Broward County Metropolitan Planning Organization.
Sun Sentinel
April 15, 2016, 11am PDT
Americans are thinking about undeveloped land alongside and between roadways as a low cost and widely dispersed strategy for carbon sequestration
EarthTalk
April 14, 2016, 11am PDT
Zelda Bronstein makes plenty of points likely to inspire disagreement among planners in this argument calling for a better form of public engagement—one that's substantive and integral, not an afterthought.
48 hills
April 14, 2016, 9am PDT
As promised, Gov. Matt Bevin signed the P3 bill that allows private funding, but bans tolls, to pay for the $2.6 billion Brent Spence Bridge project over the Ohio River that connects Covington, Ky. to Cincinnati. Now he needs to find the funding.
Cincinnati Enquirer
April 14, 2016, 8am PDT
An article for Next City reveals the transportation policy platforms of Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and Bernie Sanders, asking the question of whether any of them will shift new support to public transit.
Next City
Blog post
April 14, 2016, 5am PDT

As I do every year at the APA National Conference, I did my best to catch as many community engagement sessions as possible. Here are highlights, takeaways, and the common threads I noticed this year.

Dave Biggs
April 13, 2016, 9am PDT
Like a random encounter on the street, sometimes disparate ideas converge in interesting ways. Today, Kentucky Mist Moonshine and the Project for Public Spaces shed some light on municipal branding.
PlaceShakers
April 13, 2016, 8am PDT
Environmental groups are split over legislation that would remove the nationwide ban on bicycles in the wild.
The Oregonian
April 9, 2016, 5am PDT
It wasn't the Metropolitan Transportation Authority that named the new subway line for the Texas senator, but one of the city's major tabloids showed its 'only in New York City' creative flair for attention-grabbing headlines.
Daily News
April 8, 2016, 6am PDT
Transportation planners in Bangor, Maine are accusing state officials of holding regional transportation projects hostage to force the construction of a controversial connector project.
Bangor Daily News
April 7, 2016, 11am PDT
Florida Governor Rick Scott signed an omnibus transportation bill earlier this week that makes a dozen changes to the work of the Florida Department of Transportation.
Mass Transit
April 7, 2016, 7am PDT
A new federal housing program is unique in its approach but all too common in its scope.
CityLab
April 6, 2016, 1pm PDT
There's good news and bad news in a new report on the state of transportation infrastructure in the state of Illinois.
Chi.Streetsblog
April 6, 2016, 7am PDT
The dangerous absurdity of building a national—or a community—to-do list around fear, resentment, and wishful thinking
PlaceShakers
April 5, 2016, 11am PDT
When suburban voters and political leaders oppose transit funding sales taxes, the entire region experiences the consequences. Atlanta is the latest case study in this political dynamic.
Saporta Report
April 5, 2016, 10am PDT
A new zoning law in Toronto could enable its hundreds of suburban tower developments to become vibrant and active communities.
Doggerel
April 5, 2016, 9am PDT
TransCanada, the company that hoped to build a Canada-to-Gulf Coast pipeline, now wants to build one to carry Bakken oil from North Dakota to Canada, transporting oil now hauled only by trains that have caused recent deadly explosions.
The Bismarck Tribune
April 5, 2016, 7am PDT
San Francisco may move to protect teachers from "no-fault" evictions during the school year.
San Francisco Examiner
Feature
April 4, 2016, 2pm PDT
A reply to skeptics about the democratic power and potential of civic crowdfunding platforms.
Katie Lorah