Transportation

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
July 31, 2009, 8am PDT
On Weds., the U.S. House of Representatives approved $7 billion in stop-gap funding for road, bridge and transit projects until SAFETEA-LU can be reauthorized.
The Washington Post
July 30, 2009, 1pm PDT
Changing changing transportation habits and land-use patterns in America could result in a 24 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2050, says a new report from Cambridge Systematics.
The New York Times
July 29, 2009, 12pm PDT
At the Midwest High Speed Rail Summit today in Chicago, an agreement was struck between eight states to work cooperatively to achieve Recovery Act funding to develop the Chicago Hub High Speed Rail Corridor - also called the Midwest corridor.
Environmental News Service
July 27, 2009, 8am PDT
Two inventors explain devices that would allow energy to be harvested along highways and from the highways themselves.
The New York Times
July 24, 2009, 7am PDT
Witold Rybczynski provides an illustrated history of airport architecture on Slate [Slideshow].
Slate.com
June 25, 2009, 10am PDT
Author Greg Gardin travels from Michigan to the Amazon to show how the Fordist economy's reductionistic search for efficiencies led to its own -- and Detroit's -- downfall.
TomDispatch.com
Blog post
June 23, 2009, 2pm PDT

As attention to energy efficiency and climate change continue to pervade the thinking and planning of the future transportation system, we are increasingly challenged to make very real decisions about the prudence of various investments. The current context for decision-making offers perhaps the greatest uncertainty regarding the future witnessed in the lifetimes of people in the planning profession today.

Steven Polzin
June 13, 2009, 1pm PDT
Cities are warming up to the idea that planning for the future means more car sharing programs and fewer parking spaces.
The New York Times
Blog post
June 7, 2009, 5pm PDT

Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) refers to communities with high quality public transit services, good walkability, and compact, mixed land use. This allows people to choose the best option for each trip: walking and cycling for local errands, convenient and comfortable public transit for travel along major urban corridors, and automobile travel to more dispersed destinations. People who live and work in such communities tend to own fewer vehicles, drive less, and rely more on alternative modes.

Todd Litman
June 3, 2009, 6am PDT
Los Angeles released the first piece of its Bike Master Plan and received a variety of reactions.
la.streetsblog.org
June 2, 2009, 10am PDT
A new contest challenges planning professionals and ordinary people to submit their solutions for improving congestion in the United States.
SF.STREETSBLOG.org