Transit

Blog post
July 29, 2009, 2pm PDT

It has been two months since I completed my first year of the Master of City Planning at MIT.  Returning home to Baltimore, I felt exhausted from the rigors of the program, accomplished because of the mere fact that I completed a year of said program, and enlightened by the many class discussions, projects and experiences that I enjoyed – and not enjoyed – during the school year.  I also returned to Baltimore excited about the project that I would work on as a Mayoral Fellow in the Department of Transportation.

Tamika Camille Gauvin
July 25, 2009, 5am PDT
The Obama administration has been touting its dedication of $48.1 billion in stimulus money to roads and transit projects. But it's all going towards new projects, not day-to-day operational needs.
The Nation
July 15, 2009, 11am PDT
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed into law a bill that will bring about $31 billion worth of road, transit and school construction projects.
Chicago Tribune
July 15, 2009, 10am PDT
Cities can expand transit service areas by providing convenient access by bike.
City Parks Blog
July 9, 2009, 1pm PDT
Less than half of the money set aside in the federal stimulus plan for transportation projects is going to cities, according to an analysis by <em>The New York Times</em>.
The New York Times
July 2, 2009, 9am PDT
This post from <em>Treehugger</em> compares subway fares from around the world.
Treehugger
July 1, 2009, 9am PDT
States are spending the vast majority of federal stimulus money on building or repairing roads and highways, according to a new study.
Reuters
July 1, 2009, 7am PDT
Reps. Mack (CA), Kirk (IL) and Reichert (WA) are among a small group of Republicans who voted for the recent climate change bill. It turns out these eight are also supporters of transit. Streetsblog makes the connection.
Streetsblog
Feature
June 18, 2009, 5am PDT
As the population rises, underused and empty spaces are going to fill in. How well the transition works depends on shifts in demographics and infrastructure, as well as architecture. A studio of UCLA architecture students were asked to plot that transition. But before they could be architects, they had to be planners.
Nate Berg
June 14, 2009, 5am PDT
House and Senate negotiators decided a $106 billion war bill, from which 10 percent would be granted to transit operating costs.
la.streetsblog.org
June 13, 2009, 11am PDT
Idling commuter buses in Atlanta cause air pollution and traffic congestion, and locals are getting fed up.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
May 27, 2009, 1pm PDT
Only 17% of shoppers in downtown San Francisco drove to get there, according to a new survey conducted by The San Francisco County Transportation Authority.
Streetsblog SF
Blog post
May 26, 2009, 5pm PDT
I’d been obsessed with it ever since I saw The Princess and the Warrior. (Between that and the funicular in Flashdance, there is just something about bad-ass chicks that commute via unique transit.) So, when I found myself with an unexpected free morning in Essen, Germany, after especially cooperative weather for photographing the day before, I hopped on the S-Bahn towards Wuppertal to see the famed train. 

Jess Zimbabwe
May 20, 2009, 7am PDT
The City of Toronto prioritizes pedestrians, cyclists and transit over cars. Some in the city are concerned that the city is ignoring a car congestion problem that is only growing.
The Toronto Sun
May 18, 2009, 1pm PDT
New light rail projects are taking off in the Toronto area. A new 15km line will be operational by 2013, but the city is still trying to raise funds to replace its aging streetcar stock.
The Toronto Star
May 18, 2009, 8am PDT
Votes in the Charlotte area are considering another raise to their sales tax to fund transit projects. New documents show the tax increase may not bring the improvements quickly. But without the raise, some projects may never get built.
Charlotte Observer
May 10, 2009, 11am PDT
BART is set to embark on a $3.4 billion project to replace its existing trains with 700 new cars that will carry more people, move passengers through stations faster, and meet the needs of suburban and urban riders.
The San Francisco Chronicle
May 10, 2009, 5am PDT
Neal Peirce looks at President Barack Obama's ambitious plans for high speed rail and the significant obstacles that stand in its way.
Citiwire
May 9, 2009, 9am PDT
It would take at least an additional 10-cent tax on gasoline to fund transit and transportation projects in metropolitan Dallas-Fort Worth, according to city officials who want to ask voters to allow the increases.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
April 25, 2009, 1pm PDT
Mecklenburg County commissioners are scheduled to debate whether to add a second half-cent sales tax to fund transit in the Charlotte area.
The Charlotte Observer