Transportation

May 28, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>New York City is trying to make life for bike commuters a little less treacherous by building dedicated bike lanes throughout the city.</p>
The Washington Post
May 27, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>In a policy analysis for the Cato Institute, Randal O'Toole reviews plans for more than 75 of the nation's largest metropolitan areas reveals that virtually all of them fail to follow standard planning methods, and half of them are not effective.</p>
Cato Institute
May 27, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>Mayor Mark Funkhouser's new proposal calls for a regional transit system spanning 119 miles, though it relies on much less light rail than some transit advocates had hoped for.</p>
The Kansas City Star
Blog post
May 27, 2008, 10am PDT

A recent report by the libertarian Cato Institute, Does Rail Transit Save Energy or Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions?, claims that public transit service improvements are ineffective at conserving energy and reducing pollution emissions. But this conclusion is based on faulty analysis.

Todd Litman
May 27, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>The Washington Post's car columnist, Warren Brown, writes about the U.S oil addiction using insightful references to alcoholism -- describing the role of the government, the auto and oil industry, and most importantly, consumers.</p>
The Washington Post
May 25, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>Scooter sales are on the rise, as Americans wake up to the effect of high gas prices on their pocketbook.</p>
May 25, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>With gas prices rising beyond the comfort zones of many drivers, ridership on L.A.'s train system has seen record highs in the early months of 2008. For many in the city, the price is prompting a major paradigm shift in terms of mobility.</p>
BBC
May 25, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom is considering a plan to temporarily close down certain streets to car traffic, creating public space for pedestrians -- similar to the successful Ciclovia that takes place weekly in Bogota, Colombia.</p>
The Examiner
May 24, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>The New York Times looks across the nation and finds consumers reluctantly changing their habits to deal with rising gas prices.</p>
The New York Times
May 24, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>Falling revenues from real estate taxes could impact transit expansion plans as New York's MTA faces a sharp decline.</p>
May 24, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>Delhi has unveiled a new bus rapid transit system, with dedicated bus lanes. The only problem is that the bus stops and dedicated lanes are located in the middle of hectic and busy streets that are dangerous to cross.</p>
The Wall Street Journal
May 23, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>High gas prices and slowing construction rates in exurban areas may mean that the era of "driving until you qualify" for affordable housing may be over soon.</p>
California Planning & Development Report
May 23, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>In the early days, trolleys and trains carried 400,000 passengers a day over the Brooklyn Bridge. With continued growth in pedestrian traffic, a former transit commissioner says a rail renaissance might not be so far-fetched.</p>
NY1 News
May 23, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>City officials and local businesses in Seattle are teaming up to offer cash and prizes to residents who limit their car use this summer.</p>
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer
May 23, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>A new design for a public bike rack could help prevent crime.</p>
BBC News
May 22, 2008, 2pm PDT
<p>In preparation for two major soccer tournaments -- the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the 2009 Confederations Cup -- South Africa is moving ahead on schedule in constructing major public transit systems in the events' host cities.</p>
BuaNews via AllAfrica.com
May 22, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority used to slap motorists with heavy fines for ridesharing. Faced with exploding population growth and 8 million tourists a year, officials have changed their tune.</p>
The National, Abu Dhabi
May 22, 2008, 10am PDT
<p>At one time, Oklahoma City is doing two things many cities have only hoped to: the city's getting rid of one of its aging inner-city highways and replacing it with a park.</p>
USA Today
May 22, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>Game-day transit options are popular amenities in big cities, but new FTA regulations could force them to the curb. Cincinnati's Metro feels the heat from the Feds.</p>
Business Courier of Cincinnati
Blog post
May 21, 2008, 10pm PDT

Three whammy’s are pressing America’s luck this spring as the nation engages in one of the most exciting presidential elections in my lifetime. The problem is that the only solution that has been proposed at the national-level has been a gas tax holiday. A gas tax holiday would have the effect of starving our increasingly troubled transportation system of the necessary funds to maintain and improve infrastructure and service.

John Renne