Mass Transit

4 days ago
Washington D.C.'s new streetcar line opened to a chorus of media naysayers who mocked the slow moving transit, but reality shows it's not quite as slow as some would have you believe.
Greater Greater Washington
February 1, 2016, 2pm PST
Columbus, Ohio is expected to grow to 500,000 residents by 2050, but all recent efforts to raise the funds for a large investment in transit have stalled. The new City Council president wants to try again.
Columbus Business First
February 1, 2016, 7am PST
A transit rider and writer has a simple and succinct request for transit planners in Minneapolis: straighten out your transit routes.
Streets.MN
January 19, 2016, 7am PST
The build out of mass transit and bicycle infrastructure hasn’t been the cure-all for shifting commuters from single-person autos to alternate modes of transit, as many had hoped. Maybe it's time we start looking at how to disincentivize driving.
The New Republic
January 11, 2016, 10am PST
While most big city transit systems have moved on to electronic passes or paper tickets, Philadelphia's riders are left to deal with tokens and transfer slips until SEPTA's plans for a system upgrade come to fruition.
The Philadelphia Inquirer
January 10, 2016, 1pm PST
Compared to other countries, building mass transit in the United States has proven significantly more expensive. But why? And how do we fix this?
Greater Greater Washington
January 10, 2016, 11am PST
After a stumbling start getting off the ground, proponents of Atlanta's new streetcar see hope in its future while others question further investment.
New York Times
December 14, 2015, 10am PST
With better predictions, an app may help alleviate the urban annoyance of waiting for the bus that was supposed to arrive 10 minutes ago.
Medium
December 7, 2015, 12pm PST
An app is helping to bring transit riders from their home to the nearest park-and-ride in King County, Washington.
Crosscut
October 26, 2015, 2pm PDT
After first launching its program in the Spring, law enforcement and Metro are reminding riders to report instances of sexual harassment on trains and buses
The Source (Metro's blog)
October 13, 2015, 10am PDT
Local officials, planners, and other civic leaders have joined together to look at how the city can bring neighborhoods split by freeways back together again.
The Dallas Morning News
October 12, 2015, 7am PDT
The 82 municipalities that make up Greater Montreal are finally working together to forge a more sustainable, economically robust future.
Citiscope
October 4, 2015, 11am PDT
Washington, D.C.'s DOT has adopted TransitIQ, a straightforward tracking technology, to help dispatchers keep buses on schedule.
Mobility Lab
September 1, 2015, 12pm PDT
There are now 402 bus rapid transit (BRT) lines operating around the world, according to data from BRTData.org.
The City Fix
August 31, 2015, 2pm PDT
A spate of media coverage responded to the news that Uber had released a new feature called "Smart Routes."
TechCrunch
August 29, 2015, 11am PDT
Virgil Bogue's 1911 Plan of Seattle called for a centrally-planned metropolis with efficient transit, parks, and a cap on building height. It was voted down, but remains an interesting study on planning for the long term.
SeattlePI
August 19, 2015, 9am PDT
It is difficult to imagine a time when Los Angeles' freeways symbolized access, efficiency, and modernity. Now that the city's love affair with freeways is nearly spent, what future do we envision for them?
Los Angeles Times
August 7, 2015, 8am PDT
Jarrett Walker outlines the conditions under which transit serves the greatest number of travelers. Maximizing ridership, he argues, requires thinking like a business and catering to demand.
Human Transit
July 13, 2015, 11am PDT
Plans to construct a prestigious express line to O'Hare airport may be overkill. The existing Blue Line, which could benefit from some investment, already connects downtown Chicago and the airport.
Chi.Streetsblog
June 22, 2015, 9am PDT
More raw housing stock is only the first step. Without comprehensive transit, the value of density can't extend beyond the city center.
Grist