Transportation

October 9, 2007, 6am PDT
<p>One Northern California man started a business to help his local transit agency get connected with Google Transit.</p>
Eureka Reporter
October 8, 2007, 1pm PDT
<p>A growing number of American cities are taking steps to encourage cycling as an pollution-free and healthy transportation alternative.</p>
USA Today
October 8, 2007, 10am PDT
<p>As Seattle considers a plan to spend more than $17 billion on road and transit projects, the Sightline Institute looks at how the city's greenhouse-gas emissions would increase if a new land of highway is built.</p>
Sightline Institute
October 8, 2007, 9am PDT
<p>The new program allows motorist to add time to their parking meter by dialing a toll free number.</p>
Chicago Sun Times
October 7, 2007, 5am PDT
<p>With concerns about global warming at an all time high, the region's policy makers think the time is right for a 10 cent gas fee.</p>
The San Francisco Chronicle
October 6, 2007, 11am PDT
<p>Following the example set by Paris and Lyon, Montreal plans to be the first city in North America to set up a large-scale "self-serve" public bicycle rental service.</p>
The Montreal Gazette
October 5, 2007, 8am PDT
<p>A recent report calling for less emphasis to be placed on cars than on other forms of transport has sparked a lively debate in Toronto.</p>
The Toronto Star
October 5, 2007, 7am PDT
<p>A commuter rail project in Sante Fe is stressing New Mexico's state transportation budget, causing officials to announce delays on many road and highway projects. But many are upset that the rail plans will move ahead unhindered.</p>
The Albuquerque Tribune
October 5, 2007, 6am PDT
<p>New York city has unveiled a pilot program that helps bus riders know when their bus is coming by employing GPS tracking devices and digital signs at some Manhattan bus stops.</p>
The New York Times
October 4, 2007, 12pm PDT
<p>San Francisco is considering a plan to create a bike-sharing program, similar to the successful program recently instituted in Paris.</p>
The San Francisco Chronicle
October 4, 2007, 6am PDT
<p>This article from <em>Environmental Building News</em> looks at the energy required to get workers from home to work -- often a use of energy that far surpasses that of the workplace itself.</p>
Environmental Building News
October 2, 2007, 2pm PDT
<p>Residents in San Jose, California, are calling on the city to do something about a recent increase in speeding on residential streets, but officials feel there is little that can be done.</p>
San Jose Mercury News
October 2, 2007, 9am PDT
<p>With a historic small town feel and a population that has embraced its compact walkability, the town of Rowayton, Connecticut, has passed a ban on large trucks crossing though the town as a short cut.</p>
The New York Times
October 2, 2007, 7am PDT
<p>Los Angeles has one of the world's most advanced traffic detection systems, enabling it to manipulate traffic signals on the fly by using real-time data. But This data is saved for only a few days, limiting the extensive data's long-term use.</p>
The Los Angeles Times
Blog post
October 1, 2007, 6pm PDT

To paraphrase the New York Times' summation of the Anaheim Angels' rhetorical exodus to Los Angeles a few years ago: some ideas are so stupid that you just have to stand back and watch. To that I would add, some things are so stupid that they deserve derision no matter how long ago they occured. Though it crawled out from the Senate floor in the summer of 2005, SAFETEA-LU -- the $240 billion federal transportation bill -- has, for the past two years, gotten off way too easy.

Josh Stephens
October 1, 2007, 2pm PDT
<p>On his first trip to Paris, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg enjoyed an unprecedented second glass of red wine at lunch, and eyed the popular bike rental program, pondering its suitability for New York City streets.</p>
The New York Times
October 1, 2007, 7am PDT
<p>A number of ideas for improving public transit and reducing congestion are floating around Los Angeles. But without consensus, it may be a long while before any of the proposed solutions is realized.</p>
Los Angeles City Beat
October 1, 2007, 6am PDT
<p>A proposal to expand Seattle's light rail system also includes provisions for extensive road construction, putting transit advocates in the awkward position of voting for both transit and roads.</p>
The Seattle Stranger
Blog post
September 30, 2007, 8pm PDT

I live a ten-minute cab ride from the airport. I love it. Many a morning, I have stumbled down the porch steps in flip-flops and a business suit, carrying an overnight bag and high heels to make a flight in an hour’s time. Several weeks ago, I stepped into a cab and chirped my usual, “Good morning—National Airport, please!” and settled back into the seat, ready to finish applying eyeshadow.

“Do you know how to get there?,” the driver asked.

Jess Zimbabwe
September 30, 2007, 11am PDT
<p>A new study by Mark Delucchi, research scientist at the U.C. Davis Institute for Transportation Studies, has found that "motor-vehicle users in the U.S. -- unlike users in most European countries -- do not 'pay their way.'"</p>
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