Transportation

October 9, 2009, 2pm PDT
Enci Box's personal account of how gender, safety, and living car-free intersect in her daily transportation decisions.
LA Streetsblog
October 9, 2009, 1pm PDT
A study conducted by J.D.Power and Associates shows that young people are leading a shift in perception about desire for cars.
Los Angeles Times
October 8, 2009, 1pm PDT
In this survey, drivers 'fess up to twelve distracting things they do while driving; and some are even more distracting than texting.
The Chicago Tribune
September 12, 2009, 7am PDT
Kenya's national railway operator is planning a high speed rail line to transport freight and passengers and could pose a challenge to the South African consortium that currently runs rail services between Kenya and Uganda.
Business Daily
September 9, 2009, 10am PDT
As construction on the Second Avenue subway in New York City is set to begin next year, MTA and current residents struggle to answer the question of where to relocate the people in its way.
The New York Times
September 8, 2009, 6am PDT
Coming off the heels of two high-profile crashes with dozens of injuries, the San Francisco Municipal Railway is working to ensure operators are trained and accidents can be avoided.
San Francisco Chronicle
September 7, 2009, 11am PDT
London is attempting to make streets safer for cyclists and motorists by turning off traffic lights in one part of the city for a short amount of time.
The New York Times
September 6, 2009, 11am PDT
Union Pacific has proposed an increase in its freight and high-speed rail traffic in Springfield, including a route running through the heart of the city. It calls for nine overpasses, which would cost millions and block homes and landmarks.
The State Journal-Register
September 4, 2009, 2pm PDT
The Honolulu City Council is considering a bill that will make it illegal to bring "odors that unreasonably disturb others" onto the bus.
Honolulu Advertiser
September 4, 2009, 9am PDT
A California judge rules that the California High Speed Rail Authority's environmental impact report was inadequate. Plaintiffs celebrate ruling as a victory, but the Authority doesn't see it as a setback.
Streetsblog Los Angeles
September 1, 2009, 7am PDT
As the new school year starts, Chicago Public Schools yellow buses will be upgrading to new technologies including GPS, mobile data terminals (MDT), and adding hybrid buses.
Chicago Sun-Times
August 31, 2009, 2pm PDT
Caltrain, the California passenger rail train, intends to electrify its rail system by the time high-speed rail comes online. This is at odds with freight railroads, however, and may lead to an increase in trucks on the road.
San Jose Mercury News
August 26, 2009, 12pm PDT
Seeking federal stimulus dollars for its own set of "shovel ready" projects, Maryland submitted an application to the Federal government for $360 million to improve its passenger rail system.
The Baltimore Sun
August 25, 2009, 6am PDT
Short sea shipping involves moving freight on the sea around the coast without crossing an ocean. The City of Miami is looking at extending the process to relieve traffic pressure, getting some big rigs off the freeway.
Miami Today
August 22, 2009, 9am PDT
A revival of small, neighborhood retailers could be an important strategy for countering climate change, enticing people to run errands without driving their cars.
Grist Magazine
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
August 12, 2009, 6am PDT
There is controversy over new sidewalk laws in Washington, DC.
The Washington Post
August 11, 2009, 12pm PDT
A recent partnership between Google and Amtrak will allow users of Google Maps / Google Transit to see Amtrak routes as a possible mode of travel, <cite> Webwire </cite> reports.
Webwire
August 10, 2009, 7am PDT
Cities need stations where electric cars can recharge in order for the new technology to take off and become a reality in the future, <cite>The Wall Street Journal</cite> reports.
The Wall Street Journal
August 4, 2009, 5am PDT
Where are all the trains? Chicago suburbs worried about an expected increase in freight trains due to the CN purchase of a rail spur through their backyard, but that worry has not materialized after the acquisition.
Chicago Sun-Times