Transit

June 29, 2010, 6am PDT
John Jensen at the Seattle Transit blog makes a persuasive argument that the suburbs themselves aren't the problem - depedency on the automobile is.
Seattle Transit Blog
Blog post
June 5, 2010, 9pm PDT

In a recent blog post (at http://www.planetizen.com/node/44518) Steven Polzin argues that drivers are more productive because they get places faster.  His post, in turn, generated an avalanche of critiques noting the negative externalities of auto travel (e.g. pollution, death and injury from traffic accidents, health costs of obesity, etc.).

But what I'd like to address is something else: the positive productivity benefits of transit use.  Let's suppose that it takes me 30 minutes to reach destination X on the bus, and 15 minutes by car.  Obviously, the car is more productive.  Right?

Michael Lewyn
Blog post
June 4, 2010, 7am PDT

One of the most widely cited numbers in contemporary transportation media coverage and policy discussions is the cost of congestion estimates that Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) annually produces as part of the Urban Mobility Report series.   The 2009 version of that report (http://mobility.tamu.edu/ums/)  shows an estimate of the cost of congestion of $87.4 Billion for the top 439 U.S.

Steven Polzin
May 29, 2010, 11am PDT
Southern California's Metrolink has a new CEO, and he's implementing smart cost-cutting right off the bat, like policies that get drivers to stop idling their buses.
LAist
May 20, 2010, 11am PDT
<em>Los Angeles Times</em> columnist David Lazarus offers broad suggestions for fixing public transit in L.A.
Los Angeles Times
May 11, 2010, 6am PDT
The increase in transit ridership and carsharing isn't just due to the rise in gas prices, but also the rise in new technologies providing up-to-the-minute reports on location and ride availability.
New Urban News email
April 24, 2010, 11am PDT
Graphic designer Jay Shells has created a set of 10 official-looking posters suggesting better etiquette in the New York City subway. Suggestions include not wiping barbecue sauce on pole and not clipping your fingernails on the train.
Animal New York
April 20, 2010, 9am PDT
Changing demographics and transit demands in the Phoenix area are causing transit planners to rethink where the region's light rail system should expand.
The Arizona Republic
April 18, 2010, 7am PDT
Transportation planner Jarrett Walker, on why transportation planners can't stop applying freeway concepts to transit and the important difference between access and mobility.
Human Transit
Blog post
April 10, 2010, 2pm PDT

 

Walkable Los Angeles. Casual visitors may be surprised to learn that this is not an oxymoron.

Diana DeRubertis
April 8, 2010, 11am PDT
Despite a less-than-stellar reputation of public transit, Los Angeles has plans to expand its system of light rail and BRT over the next 30 years. But now momentum is growing to fast-track that work into the next 10 years.
Good
April 7, 2010, 1pm PDT
A half-cent sales tax increase to fund transit passed handily yesterday in St. Louis County, Missouri.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 6, 2010, 12pm PDT
During the 17 days of the Winter Olympics, Vancouver significantly beefed up its transit offerings and reduced lanes for automobiles. Did the experiment work, and what would happen if these temporary changes were made permanent?
re:place Magazine
March 29, 2010, 12pm PDT
Federal officials are looking at an unlikely city as a model for urban public transit: Los Angeles.
Los Angeles Times
March 24, 2010, 10am PDT
When five new board members will join the Houston Metropolitan Transit Authority next month, they'll inherit a host of systemic problems and one of the toughest economic climates in decades.
The Houston Chronicle
March 17, 2010, 8am PDT
Do certain kinds of people - students, elderly, environmentalists - choose to ride transit because of who they are? Or does the proper infrastructure make the difference?
Psystenance
March 4, 2010, 12pm PST
At a recent transportation conference, Dr. Leo Kroon of the Netherlands Railway says their strategy is not to force people to use the train but to 'seduce' them with the latest innovations.
IBM's Smarter Cities blog
February 22, 2010, 2pm PST
Washington, D.C.'s transit system is in hot water, facing several safety investigations, a decline in ridership, and historic budget deficits.
The Washington Post
February 19, 2010, 10am PST
Plans to create a waterfront rail line in Philadelphia are moving forward, as the city approves funding for environmental studies and early design work.
The Philadelphia Inquirer
February 12, 2010, 9am PST
This post from <em>The City Fix</em> looks at the investment Mumbai is making in developing a citywide mass transit system.
The City Fix