Infrastructure

August 8, 2011, 5am PDT
Author Russell Shorto claims that "the willingness of Europeans to follow top-down social planning" makes public transit and bicycling more feasible in European cities than they are in the States where people don't always agree with technocrats.
The New York Times
August 6, 2011, 1pm PDT
Not only is the Utah Transit Authority debuting two new light rail lines at the same time, they were brought in 20% under budget.
The Source
August 6, 2011, 9am PDT
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has announced plans to implement more bus-only lanes throughout the city.
Los Angeles Times
August 6, 2011, 7am PDT
Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) announces the winners of the Connected Vehicle Challenge that asked people to submit ideas, using the Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC) technology to its full potential.
Transportation Nation
August 6, 2011, 5am PDT
Matt Seaton argues that "after significant investment in cycling infrastructure, biking needs better PR." Would a bike ambassador make the difference?
The Guardian
August 5, 2011, 8am PDT
The location of parked cars can either destroy walkability or enhance it, writes urbanist Steve Mouzon.
The Original Green Blog
August 5, 2011, 6am PDT
Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Energy released an interactive map displaying thousands of alternative fuel stations around the nation.
TheCityFix.com
August 4, 2011, 11am PDT
Andres Sevstuk, lecturer at MIT and head of the City Form Research Group describes how the new Urban Network Analysis Toolbox is, "taking a much more rigorous approach to look at the work of urban design."
The Boston Globe
August 4, 2011, 9am PDT
New TRAX light rail lines in Salt Lake City opened a year early and 20% under budget.
The Salt Lake Tribune
August 4, 2011, 7am PDT
Philadelphia is opening its first "parklet" -- a small public park space built on street parking spaces.
The Philadelphia Inquirer
August 4, 2011, 6am PDT
This post from <em>The Infrastructurist</em> looks at recent arguments for and against high speed rail projects in the U.S. through the lens of spending.
Infrastructurist
August 3, 2011, 2pm PDT
Frank Gruber asks, "why, not how." Many of the explanations for decline are clear; why it was allowed to happen, less so. Gruber highlights "suspects" of what might have led to cities' destruction.
The Huffington Post
August 3, 2011, 12pm PDT
A post at ASLA's <em>The Dirt</em> predicts that the next "crisis" to be debated in Congress will be that of the need for a comprehensive transportation bill to repair this country's "vulnerable infrastructure."
THE DIRT
August 2, 2011, 9am PDT
Last week, Detroit Mayor Dave Bing released the much anticipated Detroit Works Project for "shrinking" the city. Reporter Nancy Kaffer says it isn't quite what everyone was expecting.
Crain's Detroit Business
August 2, 2011, 5am PDT
At a two-acre site located 80 miles west of Ann Arbor, an engineering major at the Univ. of Michigan installed the state's largest solar farm with movable trackers that increase the amount of energy captured by almost 10%.
Ars Technica
August 1, 2011, 10am PDT
South Korea is making perhaps the biggest moves towards creating a vast "smart" electricity grid with a test grid of homes equipped with new meters and applications that communicate with each other and the grid.
The New York Times
August 1, 2011, 9am PDT
Lawmakers are likely to consider a controversial plan this summer to remove a series of dams on the Klamath River to help restore endangered salmon populations.
National Geographic
August 1, 2011, 7am PDT
After years of denial, the Chinese government has admitted that its massive Three Gorges Dam project is destabilizing the land around the reservoir.
The Christian Science Monitor
August 1, 2011, 5am PDT
The moribund state of the Los Angeles River reflects the zeitgeist of the city that it runs through, says The Economist. A mile wide but an inch deep, revitalization proposals are too conceptual at best and too feeble at worst.
The Economist
July 31, 2011, 1pm PDT
According to Mayor Bloomberg's latest press release, nearly 19,000 cyclists populate the streets of NYC on a daily basis - that's 2,300 more than last spring. The growing popularity makes the soon to be unveiled bike-sharing system looks promising.
Transportation Nation