Public Transportation

July 22, 2010, 7am PDT
With the notion of a national infrastructure bank dead for now and Wall Street reluctant to invest in infrastructure projects, Joel Epstein argues that Chinese investment in L.A.'s 30/10 Transportation and Jobs Initiative is worth considering.
Huffington Post
May 24, 2010, 8am PDT
Lester Brown explores how bus rapid transit systems and other innovations are transforming transportation in cities across the world.
Grist
May 17, 2010, 6am PDT
Despite being one of the largest cities in the U.S., public transit in Houston has not kept up with its population growth. Kristie Lewis offers five reasons why.
The Infrastructurist
April 16, 2010, 7am PDT
Last Thursday, Las Vegas broke ground on the ACE Green Line, a new BRT corridor that will connect downtown Las Vegas and Henderson.
TheCityFix.com
March 15, 2010, 6am PDT
The three new high speed rail lines are being called the biggest advancement of the United Kingdom's public transit system in more than 50 years.
The Mirror
February 10, 2010, 1pm PST
The CEO of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority details the feast or famine of transportation planning in Southern California in 2010: budgets are being slashed while a new sales tax and federal stimulus go online.
The Planning Report
February 1, 2010, 8am PST
A new luxury hotel with subway access on the ground floor has opened in L.A., creating what Los Angeles Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne sees as a bizarre mix of vanity and transit.
Los Angeles Times
Blog post
October 26, 2009, 5am PDT

To celebrate an important victory a winning team sometimes parades around the arena with their coach on their shoulders as the fans cheer in adulation. Planners sometimes deserve similar treatment! For example, regardless of who wins the 2010 FIFA World Cup to be held in South Africa June and July 2010, the real victor will be residents of the four cities where matches will be held, who gain an efficient new public transportation system as a long-term legacy. Everybody wins!

Todd Litman
October 11, 2009, 7am PDT
Rio de Janeiro has been named the host of the 2016 Summer Olympics. Now, the city has to start making its Olympic promises come true.
USA Today
October 10, 2009, 11am PDT
This article from <em>Wired UK</em> looks at a handful of emerging transportation concept technologies that are altering the form of the city.
Wired UK
September 8, 2009, 11am PDT
Many would-be train riders are frustrated by poor transit options at their destination city.
National Public Radio
August 7, 2009, 1pm PDT
In order to clean the air in Calcutta, officials have begun enforcing a rule that removes all vehicles manufactured before 1993, mandated by the city's High Court.
BBC
July 19, 2009, 5am PDT
Americans will be forced to change their lifestyles as fuel prices rise. NPR's "Talk of the Nation" talks to author Chris Steiner about the good that might result.
National Public Radio
July 18, 2009, 9am PDT
Tuk-tuks are mechanized rickshaws - a cheaper alternative to taxis - that can be found throughout the developing world, from Latin America to Africa to southeast Asia and India. Environmental think-tank Enviu is trying to reduce rickshaw emissions.
New York Times
July 12, 2009, 11am PDT
London's iconic red double-decker buses are going green.
Wired
June 4, 2009, 8am PDT
Car industry analysts try to assess the future of the market - will Zipcar and public transit change car ownership forever?
The New York Times
March 11, 2009, 12pm PDT
Since the creation of the Interstate highway system, Americans have never ridden public transportation as heavily as they did in 2008. This year, however, the upward trend will probably not continue.
The New York Times
January 29, 2009, 8am PST
Congress is expected to offer up to $16 million of stimulus money to the state of Idaho for transportation projects. But in the Treasure Valley -- home to Boise and a third of the state's population -- there aren't any projects that are ready to go.
The Idaho Statesman
October 31, 2008, 5am PDT
L.A. Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne and transportation reporter Steve Hymon look at a proposal to raise the sales tax in L.A. to fund public transit. They call it a good opportunity for the city's urbanism, but also a tough sell.
Los Angeles Times
October 24, 2008, 7am PDT
In metropolitan Kansas City, two sales tax initiatives on the ballot in efforts to raise money for the region's long-planned light rail system.
The Kansas City Star