Transportation

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
May 6, 2009, 11am PDT
This slide show includes pictures of unorthodox bus stops all over the world, including Yellowstone National Park, Estonia, Japan and Brazil.
Toxel.com
May 2, 2009, 1pm PDT
DOT and HUD announce a joint effort to merge land use and planning to improve livability. CNU's John Norquist comments on the merger.
New Urban News
March 27, 2009, 12pm PDT
This piece from the New York Times looks at a program in Italy the encourages children to walk to school.
The New York Times
March 24, 2009, 5am PDT
The $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that President Obama signed on Feb. 17 left advocates of compact and transit-oriented development practically biting their tongues.
New Urban News
January 27, 2009, 11am PST
"Level of service" is a ranking used by transportation engineers to assess the performance of roads. Streetsblog argues that LOS distorts the development of mobility infrastructure by prioritizing cars over people.
StreetsBlog-SF
December 28, 2008, 9am PST
The new Tom Cruise film Valkyrie features scenes shot in the massive and recently closed Tempelhof Airport, the sheer size of which will pose challenges to any redevelopment.
The Globe and Mail
December 26, 2008, 5am PST
Businesses in Fort Worth, Texas, invest in a city-led plan to combat homelessness.
Fort Worth Business Press
December 2, 2008, 5am PST
Treehugger.com talks to Andy Kunz of urbandesign.org, The Apollo Alliance, and Transportation for America about their proposals to move America forward with expanded public transportation initiatives.
Treehugger.com
Blog post
November 17, 2008, 10am PST
The election is behind us. A Democratic administration headed by President-elect Barack Obama and a heavily Democratic Congress will assume power next January. How will this influence the direction of federal surface transportation policy and programs? To gain some insight, we have solicited the views of a number of people, including some who are familiar with the thinking of President-elect Obama’s transition team. While the views expressed below are our own, they have been influenced by the observations and speculations expressed in these interviews. By common agreement, all conversations were held off the record and not for attribution in order to allow for the freest possible expression of views.

Kenneth Orski