Transportation

Blog post
September 5, 2007, 8am PDT

My Toyota Prius just turned 100,000. That’s quite a milestone for a car and it may be a harbinger of things to come. Many planners are betting so-called “peak oil” will undermine our car culture because we won’t have the fuel to feed them. The history of my Prius suggests otherwise.

Samuel Staley
September 5, 2007, 7am PDT
<p>A high speed train has debuted on a line between London and Paris, making the 213-mile trip in a little over two hours.</p>
ABC
September 5, 2007, 6am PDT
<p>A U.S. Senator from Texas has vowed to oppose a state-supported plan to convert existing interstate highways into tollraods.</p>
The Houston Chronicle
September 5, 2007, 5am PDT
<p>Planners didn't think it would happen for 10 years, but transit-oriented development looks to be brewing near new light rail stations in Charlotte, North Carolina.</p>
Charlotte Business Journal
September 4, 2007, 2pm PDT
<p>As part of a city-wide effort to reduce carbon emissions, New York is pursuing a plan to expand its bicycle network by adding more than 200 miles of bike lanes to the city by 2010. But some neighbors are opposed to the loss of street space.</p>
The New York Times
September 4, 2007, 12pm PDT
<p>In this article from <em>The Toronto Star</em>, Wendell Cox looks at the "draconian" land use restrictions that have been imposed by planners in Toronto, and how despite planners bemoaning auto-dependency, no one has offered a viable transit plan.</p>
The Toronto Star
September 4, 2007, 8am PDT
<p>City planners -- hoping to get reluctant Angelenos out of their cars -- have put forth a proposal that would waive all parking requirements for developers whose buildings offered suitable transportation alternatives.</p>
LA Weekly
September 4, 2007, 6am PDT
<p>Transit officials in Texas are looking to convince Congress to let the state buy back sections of interstate highway for conversion into revenue-generating toll roads.</p>
The Hartford Courant
September 3, 2007, 1pm PDT
<p>Transit advocates in Baltimore are calling on regional officials to throw out an $8.7 billion traffic congestion plan because it relies too heavily on highway projects and not enough on transit options.</p>
The Baltimore Sun
September 3, 2007, 11am PDT
<p>Street vendors in Berkeley are voicing complaints that a new rapid bus line is passing by too quickly, stirring up dust along the sidewalk that covers them and their merchandise.</p>
The Oakland Tribune
September 3, 2007, 5am PDT
<p>Seattle's free-flowing experience with more than two weeks of freeway lane closures -- predicted to be traffic Armageddon -- shows that the conventional wisdom about traffic isn't always right.</p>
The Seattle Times
September 2, 2007, 11am PDT
<p>Salt Lake City residents are upset over a developer using his powerful clout to reroute a planned light rail line so it would not interfere with access points to his shopping mall.</p>
Deseret Morning News
September 2, 2007, 7am PDT
<p>High-tech traffic signals have been developed that predict and warn drivers of possible collisions.</p>
Discovery
September 1, 2007, 5am PDT
<p>PBS's NewsHour covers the debate over the future of downtown Seattle's raised highway -- an issue that has a renewed sense of importance after the Minnesota bridge collapse.</p>
NewsHour with Jim Lehrer
August 31, 2007, 10am PDT
<p>As ridership increases on Portland, Oregon's light rail lines, more and more cyclists are bringing their bikes on the trains, which is causing tensions over limited space.</p>
The Oregonian
August 31, 2007, 6am PDT
<p>Transportation planners in metropolitan Atlanta have drawn up a preliminary map that outlines what an ambitious 12-county transit system could look like.</p>
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
August 31, 2007, 5am PDT
<p>A proposed rail line connecting the Washington D.C. region to its international airport remains mired in delays. Many are blaming confusion and mixed coordination amongst the project's many stakeholders and backers.</p>
The Washington Post
August 30, 2007, 5am PDT
<p>Public transit ridership saw little or no change in the San Francisco Bay Area earlier this week when transit agencies offered free rides as part of a "Spare the Air" campaign.</p>
The San Francisco Chronicle
August 29, 2007, 2pm PDT
<p>In looking at both developed and developing countries, this article argues that mobility and transportation infrastructure are essential to successful economic development.</p>
The World Business Council for Sustainable Development via Environmental News Network
August 29, 2007, 5am PDT
<p>Politicians in England looking for ways to comply with a nationwide goal of carbon-neutrality by 2050 have proposed a phase-out of gas-fueled cars by the year 2040.</p>
The Guardian