Transportation

March 25, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>The costs of Honolulu's planned commuter rail system have been estimated at nearly $4 billion, but that price tag is expected to rise further as the system develops.</p>
The Boston Globe
March 25, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>Review of a project that would have added more than 5,500 homes to the fringes of Los Angeles has been halted after a recent City Council vote. Many expect this to be the death knell for the project.</p>
The Los Angeles Times
March 24, 2008, 2pm PDT
<p>The city of Tempe, Arizona, is experimenting with brightly colored bike lanes to try to improve bicycle safety.</p>
East Valley Tribune
March 24, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>Report ranks largest 50 US cities by their readiness for $4+ a gallon gas and $100+ a barrel oil prices</p>
Common Current
March 24, 2008, 10am PDT
<p>New York's new Governor, David Paterson, added his support to the idea of charging drivers to enter the busiest sections of Manhattan. The city's congestion pricing project is one of the largest toll system projects in the US.</p>
The New York Times
March 24, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>A recently announced $12.5 billion metropolitan rail system plan for Sydney has many in the region excited about finally getting a good mass transit system. But they are also wary, as many other proposals promising similar services were never kept.</p>
The Sydney Morning Herald
March 22, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>The city of Long Beach, California, has initiated a bike sharing program for city officials. The program consists of 16 shared bikes, usable by city employees for short trips and errands around the city.</p>
Press Telegram (Long Beach, CA)
March 22, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>Why Americans don't cycle in the cold and rain, and why they do in Amsterdam.</p>
Streetsblog
Blog post
March 21, 2008, 5pm PDT
We all know there's a lot of planning going on around the world. Much of it is poor, short-sighted and generally just no good. But there are also some really great ideas being developed and adopted, and they should be considered by cities and communities all over the world as instructive examples of good planning. Here are what I think are some of the best ideas in urban planning from the last week.
Nate Berg
March 21, 2008, 3pm PDT
<p>In a classic Hollywood showdown that could only happen in California politics, Gov. Schwarzenegger axed actor-director-former Carmel, CA mayor Clint Eastwood from the Parks Commission at the expiration of his term after his 'no-vote' on a toll road.</p>
The San Francisco Chronicle
March 21, 2008, 2pm PDT
<p>Assuming everything is fine in its long-time relationship with America, the car comes home to an unhappy surprise in this cartoon from <em>Streetsblog</em>.</p>
Streetsblog
March 21, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>A proposal to place tolls on many of the highways around Washington D.C. is being blasted by critics, who say planners should place more emphasis on providing better transit services than charging commuters left with few options.</p>
The Washington Post
March 21, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>High rates of accidents and few bike lanes make Indianapolis a dangerous place to ride a bike, according to this article.</p>
The Indianapolis Star
March 21, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>San Diego's downtown trolley service is becoming too popular, causing officials to propose equipment upgrades to handle the rising crowds. But the bigger trolleys will take out some car lanes and affect traffic lights, and many are unhappy about it.</p>
San Diego City Beat
March 20, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>A 70-year-old document sheds light on the attitude of master builder Robert Moses towards bicycling.</p>
Streetsblog
March 20, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>Sprawl around Budapest has created a major smog problem for the Hungarian capital.</p>
The Christian Science Monitor
March 19, 2008, 2pm PDT
<p>This video from <em>StreetFilm</em> shows the extensive traffic calming efforts taken by one beach community in Australia.</p>
Streetsblog
March 19, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>With a newly formed regional transit authority, Tampa Bay, Florida, may be ready for a regional transit system. Many want to do it right.</p>
The Tampa Tribune
March 19, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>The Golden Gate Bridge District, in agreeing to apply congestion pricing to the bridge, has saved the $158 million Urban Partnership grant for the Bay Area in the nick of time, but has created turmoil with S.F because of where the revenue goes.</p>
The San Francisco Chronicle
March 19, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>A ring road covering more than 1,500 miles in Afghanistan has eased shipping in the country, but traveling along the new pavement is still dangerous.</p>
NPR