March 31, 2008, 10am PDT
<p>Officials in Los Angeles were successful in implementing high-density growth policies to curb sprawl. However, a disconnect between culture, transportation policy, and the real estate market may have disastrous consequences.</p>
The Economist
March 31, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>More people in British Columbia are responding to higher gas prices by ditching their cars and rising bikes, taking transit and walking, according to a recent survey.</p>
The Vancouver Sun
March 30, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>This editorial calls on the state of New Jersey to take advantage of the fact that it has one of the country's largest mass transit network and to better site homes and development near transit.</p>
The Times (New Jersey)
Blog post
March 28, 2008, 3pm PDT

Every person is unique. Every day is unique. Every trip is unique. As a result, an efficient and equitable transportation system must be diverse, so people can choose the best option for each trip. For example, today you might prefer to walk or bicycle, but tomorrow find it best to use public transit or drive.

Todd Litman
March 28, 2008, 2pm PDT
<p>This video from <em>Slate</em> looks at the "stupidest bike lane" -- a stretch of painted bicycling road that runs for less than one block. </p>
Blog post
March 28, 2008, 9am PDT

The federal law setting nation transportation funding and policy, SAFETEA-LU, is set to expire on September 30, 2009. The huge bill has regulated everything from the New Starts transit program to thousands of pork-barrel transportation projects around the country. With unprecedented concern over global warming, a new president in November, and popular frustration with congestion on both transit and highways, there may be the opportunity for a major revision in federal policy. In this post I review some of the debate so far, and outline the proposals recently released by an independent commission.

Robert Goodspeed
March 28, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>Atlanta's ambitious plans for inner-city rail were downsized, as New Urbanist Andres Duany criticized the City's implementation of his vision for streetcars in Midtown Atlanta.</p>
Atlanta Journal Constitution
March 27, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>Lawmakers in Georgia are considering a plan to ask voters in rural areas to decide whether they want to pay a regional sales tax to fund transportation projects -- a response to the state's few funding sources for transit projects.</p>
March 27, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>Officials in San Francisco are floating a plan that would add 34 more miles of bike lanes to the city, nearly doubling its current stock. The addition would require the removal of street parking and could take over some traffic lanes.</p>
The San Francisco Chronicle
March 27, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>A major plan to improve Sydney's walkability, urban design and public transit system have been applauded throughout the city. The only problem is figuring out how to pay for it.</p>
The Sydney Morning Herald
March 27, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced the launch of New York City's first Bus Rapid Transit project, called "Select Bus Service," which will connect Northern Manhattan with the Bronx. Program expansion hinges on the adoption of congestion pricing.</p>
Blog post
March 26, 2008, 11am PDT

Now that the weather in Los Angeles has gone from pleasant to perfect with the subtle advent of spring, I've been spending more time risking my life atop my bicycle as I wend my way to meetings and errands. As a faithful urbanist I have little trouble convincing myself of cycling's merits, which, as former California State Health Officer Dr. Richard Jackson likes to say, can "improve your life span, lower your blood pressure, make you better looking, improve your sex life, and save you money." Sounds good to me.

Josh Stephens
March 26, 2008, 10am PDT
<p>In Salt Lake City, advocates for bus riders have asked the state attorney general to investigate whether the Utah Transit Authority has skewed its ridership figures to gain public support for major investments, which they say is a misuse of funding.</p>
The Salt Lake Tribune
March 25, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>During the last decade, bus rapid transit (BRT) has revolutionized regional transportation planning in much of the developing and developed world.</p>
Lincoln Institute, Land Lines
March 25, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>Officials in New York are pleading their case for a congestion pricing plan before city councilors as the April 7 deadline for approval approaches.</p>
The Daily News
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