Transportation

January 27, 2008, 1pm PST
<p>Momentum is growing for 24 hour transit in Edmonton, Alberta - an idea backed by students, business officials, and the Transit Riders' Union of Edmonton. City officials say it's inevitable, but is at least a couple years away.</p>
The Edmonton Sun
January 26, 2008, 7am PST
<p>A planned rail extension that would have connected the Washington D.C. area to Dulles International Airport has been all but killed by a federally-pushed disqualification of the project from receiving critical federal funding.</p>
The Washington Post
January 26, 2008, 5am PST
<p><em>Treehugger</em> interviews New Urbanist Andy Kunz about the state of the nation's train system and plans for a high-speed rail network.</p>
Treehugger.com
January 25, 2008, 10am PST
<p>A San Francisco supervisor has proposed several changes in parking regulations that will result in reduced new housing costs, and potentially reduced car ownership and operation. It requires the approval of the Board of Supervisors.</p>
San Francisco Examiner
January 24, 2008, 9am PST
<p>Heavy tourist traffic downtown is being cited by city officials in a proposal to move the world-famous sculpture to the edge of town.</p>
CBC
January 24, 2008, 6am PST
<p>A pro-transit section, written by noted conservative Paul Weyrich, was excised from the final report, despite being approved by 9-3 majority vote of the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission.</p>
The National Corridors Initiative Press Release
January 23, 2008, 1pm PST
<p>Mexico City has announced plans to dedicate some of its transit system buses for use by women only -- a move made in response to increasing reports of women being groped on crowded buses.</p>
Reuters
January 23, 2008, 12pm PST
<p>Libertarian groups Cato Institute and Show-Me Institute are scrambling to convince Kansas City to end talks to consider building a light rail system in the city.</p>
The Kansas City Star
January 23, 2008, 9am PST
<p>The launch of the Tata microcar has raised concerns about a huge magnification of traffic congestion and pollution. But without changes in the developed world, such criticisms are hypocritical, write Brendan Smith, Tim Costello and Jeremy Brecher.</p>
Common Dreams
January 23, 2008, 6am PST
<p>The middle eastern country of Qatar is hoping to boost its chances of securing the 2016 Olympics by building an extensive light rail system throughout its capital city of Doha.</p>
TradeArabia
January 22, 2008, 11am PST
<p>While the Canadian provincial governments in British Columbia and Ontario have committed tens of billions of dollars to improving public transit, a corresponding federal investment in transit has yet to materialize.</p>
The Globe & Mail
January 22, 2008, 9am PST
<p>The City of Venice, Italy, has just opened a new waterbus for its canals that is reserved for use by local citizens only -- part of an effort to make the tourist-heavy city more friendly to its own people.</p>
International Herald Tribune
Blog post
January 21, 2008, 3pm PST

Like many world cities, Vancouver has a growing discussion on the issue of "iconic" architecture, one that I've been a part of and encouraging. This despite the fact that, like many urbanists, the word iconic actually makes me nervous.  

Brent Toderian
January 21, 2008, 9am PST
<p>In this opinion by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters, she rejects the recommendation by a national transportation commission to increase the gas tax, instead preferring road tolls, congestion pricing, and other private sector investment.</p>
The Wall Street Journal
January 21, 2008, 7am PST
<p>Public transit systems must be closely linked with new development and projections of growth for communities to sustain themselves in a changing environment, according to this op-ed.</p>
The Philadelphia Inquirer
January 20, 2008, 1pm PST
<p>A community activist in Philadelphia is rallying support to pressure the city to consider a bike-sharing program similar to the Paris Velib system.</p>
The Philadelphia Inquirer
January 20, 2008, 11am PST
<p><em>Streetfilms</em> presents this brief video montage of cars infringing on the rights of pedestrians.</p>
Streetsblog
January 20, 2008, 9am PST
<p>After more than a year with its funding in limbo and its future questionable, the Chicago Transit Authority has been saved from fare hikes and service cuts by an increase in county sales taxes.</p>
The Chicago Tribune
January 19, 2008, 1pm PST
<p>California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger wanted lawmakers to pull a nearly $10 billion bill from the November ballot that would fund a long-sought high-speed rail system, but he now wants the legislation to require private funding partnerships.</p>
Associated Press via San Francisco Chronicle
January 19, 2008, 11am PST
<p>A high-speed rail connection through the busy Windsor, Ont., and Quebec City corridor has been debated for years. However, the Ontario government's $100 billion infrastructure deficit and the rising cost of land may make it economically unfeasible.</p>
The Globe & Mail