Transportation

July 6, 2016, 2pm PDT
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released preliminary fatality estimates for 2015. Deaths jumped by 2,525, an increase of 7.7 percent over 2014. Pedestrians and bicyclists saw the biggest increases.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
July 6, 2016, 1pm PDT
A California initiative has been likened to the landmark Proposition 13 for how it would affect the budget and major projects proposed in California, including the $64 billion high-speed rail project and $17 billion Delta water tunnels.
San Jose Mercury News
July 6, 2016, 12pm PDT
SEPTA commuters traveling to and from Delaware will spend the summer in transit gridlock, as 120 trains undergo necessary repairs to a serious structural flaw.
NewsWorks
July 6, 2016, 7am PDT
Los Angeles Metro's new Chief of Planning Therese McMillan joins the agency at a pivotal moment, as county voters will decide in November whether to approve a new, evergreen sales tax to fund future Metro public transportation expansion.
The Planning Report
July 6, 2016, 6am PDT
Beset by delays and financial problems, the state of Rio is having trouble completing a new subway line before the Olympics start a month from now. The time crunch may cut into time for testing, presaging problems in August.
Associated Press via Chicago Tribune
July 5, 2016, 2pm PDT
Blogger and transit consultant Jarrett Walker paints a picture of Portland's Line 75, a workaday bus serving urban neighborhoods outside downtown. His reflections on radial and orbital journeys are worth a read.
Bus75.org
July 5, 2016, 12pm PDT
A bill to replenish the state transportation trust fund by increasing the gas tax 23 cents per gallon stalled in the Senate because it would also cut $2 billion annually to the state's general fund.
Planetizen
Blog post
July 5, 2016, 10am PDT
Planners, like any other professionals, live in a kind of bubble. Those charged with dealing with the public run the risk of expecting too much from residents as they design community engagement activities. Here are some of the most common mistakes.
Dave Biggs
July 5, 2016, 8am PDT
Where they are, what they're like, and what they mean for the city.
WDET
July 5, 2016, 5am PDT
The Better Bike Share Conference convened in Philadelphia on June 22-24, 2016. Attendees gathered to find solutions for challenges of equity, social justice, and mobility in the country's emerging bikeshare infrastructure.
Better Bike Share Partnership
July 4, 2016, 11am PDT
An intrepid student has created a simple chatbot program that helps people get out of parking tickets.
Ars Technica
July 4, 2016, 7am PDT
Sometimes small additions can make a big difference when it comes to bike infrastructure.
Greater Greater Washington
July 3, 2016, 1pm PDT
Two axles is two axles, doesn't matter whether the vehicle is motorized or not. However, cyclists will be restricted as to when they can cross the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge (US 40) over the Susquehanna River when it opens to cyclists July 1.
Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) News Release
July 3, 2016, 9am PDT
The city of Tigard could make or break the proposed Southwest Corridor light rail project with a vote this November.
The Oregonian
July 3, 2016, 5am PDT
Connecticut state legislators may not like vehicle-miles-traveled (VMT) fees, but that hasn't stopped the state Department of Transportation from joining other states in applying for $2.1 million from the U.S. DOT to study the road user fee.
The Hartford Courant
July 2, 2016, 1pm PDT
This might be a cautionary tale for some other transit agencies out there.
The Gazette
July 2, 2016, 11am PDT
Bike advocates are hoping that the Houston Bike Plan can achieve full council approval in July. The Houston Chronicle hopes the bike plan will be for everyone (not just hipsters).
Houston Chronicle
July 1, 2016, 11am PDT
The sun rises on the new Sunrise Expressway in Oregon.
The Oregonian
July 1, 2016, 10am PDT
A Toronto professor pushes against Christian Wolmar's assertion that the tram's demise can be connected to anti-worker policy. For one thing, trams never went away in some cities.
The Guardian
July 1, 2016, 6am PDT
You remember the one showing the amount of space occupied by 60 people on a bike, 60 people on a bus, and 60 people in cars? It's also helpful for making a convenient point about Uber and self-driving cars.
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