Transportation

July 27, 2007, 6am PDT
<p>California is full of various plans to solve congestion with toll roads and congestion pricing. But Bill Fulton suggests that none of the plans is radical enough to make a real difference.</p>
California Planning & Development Report
July 26, 2007, 2pm PDT
<p>An observer comments on the French capital's success at making alternate modes of transportation easier and accessible.</p>
The New York Times
July 26, 2007, 12pm PDT
<p>It's time to remove the fare box and watch how fare-free transit can transform society, writes Dave Olsen.</p>
AlterNet
July 26, 2007, 11am PDT
<p>With space at a premium in a growing number of U.S. cities, developers are starting to include automated garages in their parking plans.</p>
The Wall Street Journal
July 26, 2007, 7am PDT
<p>The Treasure Valley metro area, centered around Boise, Idaho, is the latest region to explore the ideal of rail transit, with officials looking to Salt Lake City as a model.</p>
The Boise Weekly
July 26, 2007, 6am PDT
<p>Metro Atlanta ranks highly in many "best places" lists. But there's one ranking the region is not proud of -- it has the second least healthy commute in the nation.</p>
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
July 25, 2007, 12pm PDT
<p>Transportation planners and city officials are trying to find innovative ways to build a subway system in Amsterdam, a soggy city in a country that is mostly below sea-level.</p>
Associated Press via Oakland Tribune
Blog post
July 24, 2007, 10am PDT

Should Segways be allowed on sidewalks? Should all bicycles travel only in designated bike lanes? Should motorized scooters be treated as if they are wheelchairs? Where should rollerblades, skateboards, adult tricycles, bikes with trailers or kick scooters travel? The world of personal mobility is expanding. And so is the pressure in favor of alternatives to the grandaddy of personal mobility -- the automobile. In spite of its importance as image-maker and status-definer, a car is just a method for getting a person from Point A to Point B. Moving people -- that’s its basic purpose.

Barbara Knecht
July 24, 2007, 10am PDT
<p>Thanks to unbeknownst peace-making by NYC Mayor Bloomberg between the Democratic governor and the Republican Senate Majority leader, his congestion pricing plan has been salvaged with a new deadline for legislative approval set for March 31, 2008.</p>
Associated Press via Newsday
July 24, 2007, 9am PDT
<p>In hopes of reducing congestion and improving goods movement, state transportation officials want to create interstate lanes specifically for trucks.</p>
Chillicothe Gazette
July 24, 2007, 8am PDT
<p>The Detroit Free Press looks back on the city's much-maligned public transit system after 20 years of service.</p>
The Detroit Free Press
July 24, 2007, 7am PDT
<p>There is no doubt about it: London's 5-year-old congestion charge has transformed life in London. More people are taking the bus and trains, more people are biking, and fewer crashes occur. But there can be major hardships when the charge isn't paid.</p>
The Wall Street Journal
Blog post
July 23, 2007, 4pm PDT

At the opening dinner of an international workshop on building a better national transportation policy, I found myself seated between Charlotte, North Carolina mayor Pat McCrory and Shirley DeLibero, a consultant who headed transit authorities in New Jersey and Houston, and was a deputy in both Dallas and Washington D.C.

McCrory's a Republican, Charlotte's first six-term mayor, first elected mayor in 1995. While his city has grown 20 percent, McCrory's presided over a shift from an all-roads strategy to a hybrid model adding rail transit to heavily congested corridors radiated from the region's center. The first line, a south corridor, is scheduled to open this fall, supported by the half-cent sales tax passed in 1998 to build and operate a better transit system. Now in 2007, the mayor finds himself in a serious cross-fire as he ponders re-election prospects.

July 23, 2007, 2pm PDT
<p>To reduce traffic congestion and parking shortage, Paris launched a bike rental program similar to one implemented in other European cities. After its first week, an average of 45,000 bikes have been rented every day.</p>
The Los Angeles Times
July 23, 2007, 11am PDT
<p>Already one of the nation's most bike-friendly cities, Portland, Oregon, is looking to update its bicycle master plan to make cycling even more attractive in the city.</p>
The Portland Tribune
July 23, 2007, 8am PDT
<p>Citing the successful examples of transit-oriented development in Portland and Denver, Mayor Tom Barrett says its time for the Brew City to improve its transit system.</p>
Small Business Times
Blog post
July 21, 2007, 7pm PDT

I couldn’t wait to use the new word, ginormous, which Merriam-Webster recently added to the Collegiate Dictionary.  My spell checker has been trained and now I can get about the business of saving ginormous amounts of energy.  Recent bouts of ecoterrorism in the form of Hummer vandalism in Washington D.C. and the growing media attention to the environmental hypocrisy of the travel and housing habits of card-carrying carbon footprint club members (take a gander at the 10,000 sq. ft. home of Al Gore or the 28,200 sq.

Steven Polzin
July 21, 2007, 7am PDT
<p>In the latest sign that the once suburban county is now increasingly urban, Irvine, California officials have approved plans for a new bus and streetcar line to connect the city's commuter rail station with several new and existing developments.</p>
The Los Angeles Times
July 20, 2007, 8am PDT
<p>A detailed look at Mayor Bloomberg's ill-fated congestion pricing plan reveals a series of serious missteps by the normally adept mayor in dealing with the state legislature.</p>
The New York Times
July 19, 2007, 9am PDT
<p>A soon-to-be released medical study reveals fewer than half of children who live within a mile of their school walk or bike there, and the percentage is dropping. While safety is a factor, cultural values and number of cars in household play a role.</p>
AP via MSNBC