Transportation

If Jesus and Mary came to Bethlehem in 2014, they'd be frustrated by high levels of congestion before finding a place to settle down for the night.
2 hours ago   AP via Yahoo News
Apparently some in Florida were uncomfortable with the much touted "privately funded railroad" using a $1.6 billion Federal Railroad Administration loan, so All Aboard Florida applied for tax exempt bonds to supplement or replace the loan.
Yesterday   The Palm Beach Post
Los Angeles has added hundreds of miles of bike routes in recent years, but the local paper of record identifies a lack of data as contributing to ongoing discord from drivers who feel like they're being pinched by bike lanes.
Yesterday   Los Angeles Times
"A five-year, $82 million project to replace seven bridges over the Vine Street Expressway will also remodel the cultural spine of the city," reports Paul Nussbaum.
Yesterday   The Philadelphia Inquirer
"Seattle is in the midst of a full-spectrum transportation fustercluck," writes David Roberts for Grist.
2 days ago   Grist
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, working with the University of Massachusetts Amherst, is testing an app that will help the blind navigate Arlington Station in early 2015. The app will eventually be free to use throughout the system.
2 days ago   The Boston Globe
"The city should consider road diets for all streets with excess car capacity, although they're not always politically easy," writes John Greenfield.
2 days ago   Crain's Chicago Business
New data released Dec. 19 by NHTSA shows increased safety for those traveling by car, but pedestrian fatalities are 15% higher than in 2009. Plans by San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago to increase ped safety are described by the WSJ.
3 days ago   The Wall Street Journal
Melbourne, Australia, is fortunate it inherited the largest tram network in the world, because building something like it today—say in a city such as Sydney—would be extraordinarily expensive and difficult.
3 days ago   The Urbanist
Southern California is in the process of undoing the decades of planning that has left LAX isolated and inaccessible except through an ocean of congestion and frustration. Plans to connect the airport to the region recently gained critical approval.
3 days ago   Curbed LA
The city of Montreal announced final plans to tear down an elevated highway and replace it with an urban boulevard.
3 days ago   Montreal Gazette