Transportation

December 18, 2007, 1pm PST
<p>Atlanta's traffic problems are beginning to affect businesses' decisions to relocate there.</p>
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
December 17, 2007, 9am PST
<p>Plans to convert a 311-mile section of Pennsylvania's Interstate 80 have been dealt a severe setback by the federal government, which recently returned the state's application.</p>
The Philadelphia Inquirer
December 17, 2007, 7am PST
<p>Transit fares were recently increased for the Washington D.C. Metro transit system. The fare hike is the largest increase in the agency's history.</p>
The Washington Post
December 17, 2007, 5am PST
<p>This editorial from the <em>Rocky Mountain News</em> expresses the concerns of many in Denver who worry that the region's transportation district is focusing too much on redevelopment.</p>
The Rocky Mountain News
December 16, 2007, 7am PST
<p>Recent test runs of double decker buses as part of San Francisco's Muni system have been well-received by riders, and many expect them to be fully adopted into the system in 2008.</p>
The San Francisco Chronicle
December 15, 2007, 1pm PST
<p>Oregon's state transportation budget is falling short of the projected demand by billions of dollars. A committee of local politicians is laying blame at the state and federal levels.</p>
The Oregonian
December 15, 2007, 7am PST
<p>The new public transit system in Santiago, Chile, is having implementation troubles, and it's leaving many commuters upset.</p>
Time
December 14, 2007, 2pm PST
<p>The head of traffic and parking enforcement in Rome, Italy was fired after parking illegally using a fraudulent handicapped permit.</p>
Reuters
December 14, 2007, 11am PST
<p>Subway construction and expansion is being seen in cities across the world.</p>
Business Week
Blog post
December 14, 2007, 10am PST

Toy trainMetrolink is Southern California's regional rail system linking several counties. The 15-year old system with 7 lines, 54 stations, and 388 route miles serves over 40,000 passengers in the Southland. Metrolink says its mission is "to provide the people of Southern California safe, reliable and environmentally friendly commute option." Sure, but can it also serve as an interesting venue to host a 4-year old's birthday party?

One birthday boy in particular loves trains and is a fan of a popular TV series featuring trains. His mother told me that their family trips were often planned around using rail transit to get to destinations in Central and Southern California. So what better way to celebrate his birthday than to invite his friends -- accompanied by parents of course -- for a trip on a commuter train? Children that age are probably more used to birthday parties where they are entertained by clowns or magicians. Would these children, growing up in Southern California's car-centric culture be entertained at a party where the view through a train window was the main attraction?

Abhijeet Chavan
December 14, 2007, 10am PST
<p>Seattle's long-planned South Lake Union streetcar officially began operations Wednesday.</p>
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer
December 13, 2007, 11am PST
<p>Automobile crashes are the number one killer of teenagers in the United States, with nearly 6,000 deaths a year for the past decade, and more than 300,000 injuries annually.</p>
Streetsblog
December 13, 2007, 9am PST
<p>The governor of Washington is leaning towards surface street options and public transit as possible solutions to the traffic problem posed by Seattle's crumbling inner city freeway, the Alaskan Way Viaduct.</p>
The Seattle Times
December 12, 2007, 1pm PST
<p>Jerry Abramson, mayor of Louisville, Kentucky, has announced plans to invest $100,000 in creating a pedestrian plan for his city.</p>
Louisville Courier-Journal
December 12, 2007, 11am PST
<p>As the city traffic grinds to a crawl due to the rising amount of vehicles on the road, techies in Bangalore have taken a liking to commuting on bicycles.</p>
BBC
December 12, 2007, 10am PST
<p>This piece from the <em>Los Angeles Times</em> takes a look at two big ideas for fixing L.A.'s congestion: subway and monorail.</p>
The Los Angeles Times
December 12, 2007, 9am PST
<p><em>California Planning and Development Report</em>'s Paul Shigley reviews the recent report on walkability released by the Brookings Institution and finds some of its claims dubious.</p>
California Planning & Development Report
December 12, 2007, 6am PST
<p>With increasing train ridership and more people shying away from the gas pump, Neal Peirce asks whether now might be Amtrak's time to shine.</p>
The Washington Post
December 12, 2007, 5am PST
<p>In Toronto, planners have unveiled a street design that separates a planned streetcar line from auto traffic, bike lanes, and parking. Many are calling it a first for the city -- making the street decidedly transit- and pedestrian-friendly.</p>
The Toronto Star
December 11, 2007, 2pm PST
<p>This blog post from <em>Wired</em> takes a look at the expanding subway system of Beijing, China -- a system that is expected to become the world's second largest by 2015.</p>
Wired