Infrastructure

October 22, 2010, 8am PDT
Cities around the world are eager to launch bike share programs, but many are deterred by high start-up costs. A new system may offer a cheaper alternative.
Next American City
Blog post
October 10, 2010, 6pm PDT

 

Rick Abelson
September 23, 2010, 8am PDT
A new report from TRIP, a transportation research group based in Washington D.C., cites San Jose, Los Angeles and San Francisco-Oakland as the urban regions where rough roads lead to higher vehicle operating costs.
tripnet.org
September 15, 2010, 7am PDT
AltTransport takes a look at the biggest skirmishes in the world of transportation and sustainability that took place over the past calendar year.
AltTransport
September 10, 2010, 1pm PDT
The newest U.S. stimulus proposal is aimed at improving infrastructure but could go farther, says Jonna McKone from TheCityFix.com.
TheCityFix
August 23, 2010, 5am PDT
Chikodi Chima looks at the innovative ideas coming out of China like the famous road-straddling bus announced earlier this month, and asks, has America lost it's edge?
AltTransport
August 7, 2010, 9am PDT
The current norm of commuting, which happens all at once and too often by car, is placing too much stress on our infrastructure, our resources and even our emotional health. Melissa Lafsky reports how the structure of our workdays could be changed.
Infrastructurist
July 14, 2010, 5am PDT
After three years of false starts, there is renewed interest in a congestion pricing plan for the Chicago area.
Chicago Tribune
July 9, 2010, 1pm PDT
Melissa Lafsky asks if citizen initiative facilities like '311' and 'fixmystreet' should be expanded into an "operating system" for cities.
The Infrastructurist
July 8, 2010, 10am PDT
Munich returns to the top of Monocle's most liveable cities for 2010. According to Monocle, Munich is a place where "wealth and prosperity are reinvested in transport, infrastructure and environmental initiatives."
Monocle Magazine
February 25, 2010, 10am PST
Facing enormous budget shortfalls created in part by the recession, mayors and governors are increasingly turning to the sale of public assets - often to the very Wall Street businesses that helped fuel the crash, writes Donald Cohen.
Huffington Post
February 16, 2010, 6am PST
San Francisco, Portland, and San Diego lead the charge to ensure everything from power grids to building codes are prepared for arrival of electric cars.
New York Times
February 10, 2010, 2pm PST
With Congress mired in the health care debate, legislation critical to rebuilding communities, such as ACES and the reauthorization of the Surface Transportation Bill, languish. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon) details the political climate in D.C.
The Planning Report
Blog post
February 7, 2010, 1pm PST

 

When faced with the costs and logistics of rail, planners and city officials increasingly seem to favor Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), a trend likely to continue through the current recession.  But even with the many persuasive arguments for BRT, the nagging question remains:  why not rail?

Diana DeRubertis
January 11, 2010, 8am PST
A system of escalators in Hong Kong, installed in 1993 to create a new connection between districts, has become an unusual and popular way to commute Hong Kong's steep streets.
BBC
November 8, 2009, 11am PST
A group of industry and policy leaders discuss the current state of the technology and infrastructure that will drive change for the auto industry.
The Planning Report
November 2, 2009, 6am PST
A proposed plan from Gensler and 4240 Architecture would turn an abandoned rail line in Chicago into an energy-generating, food-growing powerhouse. Oh, and a park too.
Fast Company
October 15, 2009, 8am PDT
As demand for parking at transit nodes has increased, developers have looked for ways to make their garages more 'green'.
USA Today
September 29, 2009, 1pm PDT
While residents ration water for lawn-watering, Los Angeles has experienced double the breaks in water mains as in previous years. The breaks have destroyed streets and flooded businesses, leaving many looking for answers.
The New York Times
Blog post
August 12, 2009, 5pm PDT

For serious transportation policy wonks lately every day is like Christmas.  Climate change, bailout, deteriorating infrastructure, reauthorization, aging baby boomers, bailout, stimulus, new administration, economic development, global competition, urban redevelopment, bailout, etc.  One has all they can do to just keep up with all the relevant news and positioning say nothing of understanding it.  In fact, I don’t understand it.   

Steven Polzin