Transportation

May 20, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>Rising gasoline prices are breathing new life into the Miami's niche jitney service.</p>
The Miami Herald
Blog post
May 20, 2008, 9am PDT

In 2004, voters in Denver approved the FasTracks ballot to build a regional rapid transit system. Now that planning is underway to construct about 120 miles of new rail and 60 new train stations, planners are beginning to focus on transit-oriented development (TOD) around many of these new stations. While much excitment exists in Denver for creating one of the top 21st century cities, some fears for TOD are unfounded. Mr. Ferguson's "Four Fallacies of 'transit-oriented development'", published May 13, 2008 in the Rocky Mountain News is typical of a common mis-education about TOD. What Mr. Ferguson does not realize is that TODs can help protect the rural and suburban nature of communities surrounding Denver. He proposes four tenets about why TODs are bad for the future. Below, I address each of these.

John Renne
May 20, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>While Americans have not turned to the bicycle as a mode of transportation in the same numbers seen elsewhere in the world, some predict that soaring gas prices and increased infrastructure investments could change that.</p>
Reuters
May 20, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>Want to learn how Americans can maintain a high standard of living in an era of sky-high gas prices? Just look at Europeans, who've been going it for decades, argues economist Paul Krugman.</p>
The New York Times
May 19, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>Some planners hope that driverless car technology can finally put an end to traffic jams.</p>
The North County Times
May 19, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>Responding to critics of Denver's planned TOD developments, TOD expert John Renne responds to four common misconceptions about transit-oriented development.</p>
The Rocky Mountain News
May 19, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>Virginia Governor Tim Kaine has proposed a plan to raise sales taxes in the state to help fund public transportation projects -- a plan similar to one voters turned down in 2002. But this time, voters won't be involved in the decision.</p>
The Washington Post
Blog post
May 18, 2008, 9pm PDT
A few weeks ago, I was reading yet another think-tank paper arguing against new rail projects. Amidst the sea of technical detail, one assertion bothered me: the common claim that bus service is more “flexible” than rail.
Michael Lewyn
Blog post
May 18, 2008, 12pm PDT

The common wisdom about walkable neighborhoods holds that density – proximity to destinations – determines the number of walking trips. An ideal walking distance of a quarter mile is usually prescribed between residences and the nearest transit stop or retail center.

I don’t dispute that walking distance is important, especially when I’m lugging an armload of groceries. However, some trendy high-density development favors compactness at the expense of comfort and safety.

Diana DeRubertis
May 18, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>The top Republican on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is leading a bill to fund new high-speed rail, stating he's ready to fight the air travel lobby that has traditionally opposed plans for high-speed rail.</p>
CNN
May 17, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>The city is already struggling to fund its planned $5 billion subway extension. But planners think adding a spur through West Hollywood could convince federal officials to chip in more funding for the project.</p>
WeHo News
May 17, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>Instead of asking residents to consider a timid plan this November, the region's transit agency should wait until its first light rail line opens, and gas prices rise even higher. Voters will then be ready for a grander plan, argues a recent column.</p>
The Seattle Times
May 17, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>Production of bicycles is more than double the production of cars worldwide -- and the gap between the two vehicles is widening. Many see this as an indicator of the global shift towards encouraging bicycle use as a viable transportation option.</p>
Earth Policy Institute
May 16, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>Chicago shouldn't be surprised if drivers don't take to transit once its new pricing scheme is enacted. No matter the cost, most motorists won't make the switch until the city's transit system is more reliable, argues a recent column.</p>
The Chicago Tribune
May 16, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>With the Tampa region one of only two top 25 metro areas without rails in the ground or on the drawing board, local leaders want to kick start the planning process. But is the region ready for light rail when only 1 percent of locals ride the bus?</p>
The St. Petersburg Times
Blog post
May 15, 2008, 4pm PDT

I believe it's very likely that within a few years, planning departments will be using blogs, and perhaps other social networking site options, as approaches to public input on planning policy or development applications.

Perhaps some are doing it already?

Brent Toderian
May 15, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>To make North American cities more bicycle friendly, planners should look to Stockholm, Sweden and Freiburg, Germany -- two European cities were bikes and cars happily co-exist on the street.</p>
The Ottawa Citizen
May 15, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>Typically considered a poster child for sprawl, Atlanta's leaders and residents are now trying to steer the city's growth and development down a greener path.</p>
Grist.org
May 15, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>Flashing lights on the walls on train tunnels that display a 15-second video to passengers have been introduced in L.A., bringing new revenue to the area's transit agency, but bothering some riders. Some say the ads intrude on public space.</p>
The Los Angeles Times
May 15, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>Cyclist wins a "race" across Philadelphia, beating a car and city transit in fight through morning traffic.</p>
The Philadelphia Inquirer