Blog post
April 18, 2008, 5pm PDT

From public transit to public parks to public space, this past week brought a lot of interesting and innovative ideas in the world of urban planning.

Nate Berg
April 18, 2008, 2pm PDT
<p>These two videos show the downside of high public transit ridership.</p>, YouTube
April 18, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>Forget major rail expansion. The Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority hopes a new bill will first allow it to afford office space and hire an executive director.</p>
The Tampa Tribune
April 18, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>The German city of Bremen has lessons to teach North American cities about sustainable transportation, according to this article from <em>The Toronto Star</em>.</p>
The Toronto Star
April 17, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>Variable parking rates and online parking availability are features of a pilot program meant to increase convenience and cut congestion on the road.</p>
The San Francisco Chronicle
April 17, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>A new design competition is hoping to reshape the transit-inaccessible neighborhood of Red Hook into New York City's most bicycle-friendly community.</p>
New York Post
April 17, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>Cruise ship designers have announced plans for a new 1,180-foot long ship that will be equipped with a "central park" they are comparing to a traditional town square.</p>
Daily Mail
Blog post
April 16, 2008, 8am PDT

I’ve been torn lately between two contradictory perspectives on the state of the country as it relates to providing transportation infrastructure and service.

Steven Polzin
April 16, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>Two local transportation advocates shed light on the plans and policies that have made Portland, Oregon the bicycle capital of the U.S.</p>
Democracy Now
April 16, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>If local officials don't come together with a workable plan, Detroit may just blow its last chance to implement a regional transportation system.</p>
The Detroit Free Press
April 15, 2008, 2pm PDT
<p>While experts now say that the lease term Indiana agreed to was too long, and the payment it received in return too small, so far all parties appear to be better off –- the road, the drivers, the toll takers, the Governor, and the state.</p>
The New York Times
April 15, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>Officials in El Paso, Texas have been working with state and federal officials on a plan to bring rapid transit to the city within three years.</p>
El Paso Times
April 15, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>Avoiding traffic congestion may soon be as easy as surfing the web, thanks to new web software that maps out congestion and calculates the best and most efficient driving routes.</p>
The New York Times
April 15, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>With Americans driving less for the first time ever, its time to create a new comprehensive plan for transportation in the United States.</p>
Detriot Free Press
April 14, 2008, 2pm PDT
<p>Though the idea of congestion pricing has won over many planners and officials, as the failed proposal in New York shows, many members of the driving public are far more comfortable with sitting in traffic than paying tolls or riding transit.</p>
The Washington Post
April 14, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>Forget slogans and fancy trains. If transit agencies just focused on getting people where they need to go in a consistent, reliable (and preferably quicker) way, more people would abandon their cars.</p>
The Toronto Star
April 14, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>Instead of requiring developers to complete traffic studies for individual projects, one Northern California city has commissioned a comprehensive traffic study, and asked developers to help foot the bill.</p>
San Mateo County Times
April 14, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>California voters will soon vote on a $10 billion bond proposal that would fund a 220 mph bullet train running between L.A. and San Francisco.</p>
The Christian Science Monitor
April 13, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>As the site adds more transit systems to its database, some hope that Google's transit route planner could become as useful as its car route mapping software.</p>
Wired Magazine
April 11, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>A rundown of the largest parking structures on the planet -- complete with photos and plans for a new 40,000 car structure in Dubai that is slated to take the crown when completed.</p>