Transportation

February 8, 2008, 8am PST
<p>Los Angeles has created a joint-powers authority to consider a regional magnetic-levitation train system. The $26 billion system would be funded and operated by a private firm.</p>
The Daily Breeze
February 8, 2008, 5am PST
<p>This presentation from the March 2007 TED conference features Robin Chase, founder of the car-sharing service Zipcar. Chase discusses other ideas for tackling the congestion problems facing America's urban areas.</p>
TED Blog
February 7, 2008, 12pm PST
<p>Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser has introduces a plan for a regional light rail transit system. Now he just needs his neighbors get on board.</p>
The Kansas City Star
February 7, 2008, 7am PST
<p>Civic groups in Indianapolis are pushing city officials to consider streetcars downtown.</p>
The Indianapolis Star
February 7, 2008, 6am PST
<p>Senior citizens account for a disproportional amount of pedestrian fatalities and injuries in New York City. As a result, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has made plans to focus on improving mobility and safety for the city's over-60 population.</p>
The Gotham Gazette
February 6, 2008, 2pm PST
<p>The California Coastal Commission is scheduled to weigh the planned completion of a 28-mile toll road that would cut through a state beach. Many say the road is necessary to cut congestion between San Diego and L.A., but others see it as destructive.</p>
The New York Times
February 6, 2008, 1pm PST
<p>A regional rail and bus expansion is now being planned for several cities in North Carolina's Triangle Region. However, if the plan is to come to fruition, voters must agree to carrying half of the costs.</p>
The News and Observer
February 6, 2008, 7am PST
<p>This piece from the <em>Los Angeles Times</em> asks some experts how a new president could potentially reduce the nation's congestion.</p>
The Los Angeles Times
February 6, 2008, 6am PST
<p>This opinion piece from the <em>Atlanta Journal-Constitution</em> argues that the city has many reasons to support streetcar proposals.</p>
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
February 6, 2008, 5am PST
<p>A train capable of reaching speeds of 224 mph has been unveiled in France.</p>
BBC News
February 5, 2008, 1pm PST
<p>The San Francisco Chronicle Magazine profiles several "extreme" commuters from San Francisco to Sacramento aboard the Amtrak Capital Corridor train. Complete with great photos and anecdotes, it portrays the Amtrak bus and train ride quite accurately.</p>
San Francisco Chronicle Magazine
February 5, 2008, 8am PST
<p>This editorial argues that one-way streets kill downtowns, and they need to be converted to two-ways to help save downtown areas across the country.</p>
The Courier-Journal
February 5, 2008, 7am PST
<p>Increasing bicycle use in Seattle may depend on how well the city can address the danger of the "right hook" -- right turns at intersections that cause many of the city's bicycle accidents and fatalities.</p>
The Seattle Times
February 5, 2008, 5am PST
<p>Robert Steuteville comments about the long-standing links between New Urbanism, good placemaking, and the environment.</p>
New Urban News
February 4, 2008, 11am PST
<p>Heavily armed police officers will now be joining the ranks of daily commuters in New York's Subway system as part of a new counter-terrorism effort funded by federal transportation grants.</p>
The New York Times
February 4, 2008, 7am PST
<p>Orion magazine looks at the lifestyle of nomadic utopian cyclists, who are cranking up for a post-petroleum future.</p>
Orion
February 4, 2008, 6am PST
<p>The settlement comes after a group sued to have $1.2 billion restored to the transit fund after the state shifted funds to balance the budget, paying for transportation-related programs that normally would have been paid from the general fund.</p>
The Sacramento Bee
February 4, 2008, 5am PST
<p>Los Angeles needs to change its carpool lanes to high-occupancy toll lanes, according to this editorial.</p>
The Daily News
February 2, 2008, 1pm PST
<p>The world's largest low emission zone will come into effect next week in London.</p>
Reuters via Environmental News Network
February 2, 2008, 7am PST
<p><em>Reason</em>'s Robert Poole responds to the report from the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission and argues that despite its many good ideas, the engineer's perspective should be replaced with that of an economist.</p>
Reason