Transportation

October 31, 2007, 9am PDT
<p>Bike lanes will be required for all new roads built in the Chinese city of Guangzhou, according to government officials. The city is hoping to get more people out of cars and onto bikes.</p>
China Daily
October 30, 2007, 2pm PDT
<p>In a clear message to L.A.’s transportation leaders, a U.S. Department of Transportation representative told the city's transit agency to consider congestion pricing as a method to both reduce congestion and show ‘the true costs’ of freeway driving.</p>
The Los Angeles Times
October 30, 2007, 12pm PDT
<p>A government report claims that greatly expanding Britain's transportation infrastructure will not work against its goal of reducing carbon emissions, but will actually help push transit technology to be more environmentally-friendly.</p>
The Guardian
October 30, 2007, 10am PDT
<p>Due to the success of Portland's downtown streetcar, city officials are already in the beginning stages of planning future lines throughout the city.</p>
The Oregonian
Blog post
October 29, 2007, 3pm PDT

You drank the Kool-Aid; you know that if you link transit and land use to create transit-oriented development (TOD) the result is fewer car trips and a host of benefits. From Portland to Miami, Boston to Los Angeles, a record number of TODs are being built in the US. Yet most bankers, developers and regulators are drinking from a different cup. As a result the majority of new development adjacent to transit stops in America has been built in a manner oblivious to the fact that a rail stop is nearby.

G.B. Arrington
October 29, 2007, 9am PDT
<p>At a unique, combined meeting of two regional agencies, planners in the San Francisco Bay Area proposed several transportation pricing strategies to reduce global warming.</p>
Inside Bay Area.com
October 29, 2007, 8am PDT
<p>Two HOV lanes on I-93 built as part of the Big Dig sit largely unused two years after the project opened.</p>
The Boston Globe
October 28, 2007, 7am PDT
<p>A new survey from Smart Growth America notes that three-fourths of Americans think improving public transportation is a better long term solution than building roads.</p>
Smart Growth America
October 27, 2007, 9am PDT
<p>The California Transportation Commission allocated $15.5 million to the state's High-Speed Rail Authority for environmental, engineering and design work on short, designated corridors for the 700-mile, $40 billion rail system.</p>
The Los Angeles Times
October 26, 2007, 7am PDT
<p>This opinion piece looks at how technology alone can't be depended on to solve the environmental threats of climate change. Land use and development patterns must also be addressed.</p>
The San Francisco Chronicle
October 26, 2007, 6am PDT
<p>Major league stadiums are turning to planners to help deal with the parking snafus that can keep fans from coming to games.</p>
The Street
October 25, 2007, 2pm PDT
<p>The mayor of Austin, Texas, wants his city to consider funding a passenger rail system to traverse the city -- a more extensive system than the commuter rail line currently being built in the Austin area.</p>
Austin American Statesman
October 25, 2007, 11am PDT
<p>Planners of the 2010 Winter Olympics are discussing ways to encourage Vancouverites to ditch their cars during the games.</p>
The Globe & Mail
Blog post
October 24, 2007, 5am PDT

How sustainable is the internal combustion engine? The answer depends, in part, on your historical perspective. This point becomes startlingly evident in a recent article by UCLA doctoral student Eric Morris in the most recent issue of Access magazine. The magazine publishes accessible versions of academic research and is published by the University of California Transportation Center at Berkeley.

Samuel Staley
October 23, 2007, 11am PDT
<p>More and more states are looking to private investors to own and operate their roads and bridges as tollways, but some wonder if the government should really take such a hands-off approach.</p>
Time
October 23, 2007, 9am PDT
<p>Home builders and city officials are teaming up to offer temporarily free transit services for suburban residents.</p>
The Toronto Star
October 23, 2007, 8am PDT
<p>To supplement recently announced plans to install directional decals on the sidewalks outside of subways, <em>The New York Times</em> offers three ideas for improving mobility in the city.</p>
The New York Times
October 22, 2007, 8am PDT
<p>Despite initial studies showing too hefty a price tag, Houston is now on its way to dramatically expanding its light rail transit system.</p>
The Houston Chronicle
October 22, 2007, 6am PDT
<p>Despite running a deficit, Cincinnati officials are strongly considering the construction of a streetcar system to spur economic development.</p>
The Cincinnati Post
October 21, 2007, 1pm PDT
<p>A $47 billion proposal to add new lanes and build 50 miles of light-rail heads to the ballot box, though some wonder if conventional plan is really money well spent.</p>