Los Angeles

New All-Affordable Zone Proposed for L.A.’s Skid Row

A Los Angeles Times editorial argues that Skid Row’s future should learn from the mistakes of the past.

February 16, 2023 - Los Angeles Times

Metropolitan Saint Louis Transit Agency

Stop Thinning Underway in St. Louis

Metro Transit recently announced its plans to remove or relocate 450 bus stops systemwide in St. Louis city and county. After adjusting that number to 370 bus stops, the work of consolidating bus stops is underway.

July 26, 2019 - St. Louis Post-Dispatch

New Orleans Streetcar

Speeding Up Trips on the Canal Street Streetcar in New Orleans

Big changes are in store for one of the busiest transit lines in New Orleans.

February 18, 2019 - The New Orleans Advocate

County Gas Taxes at Work in Florida

The Jacksonville City Council's decision in 2014 to renew a six-cents county gas tax is paying big dividends for road construction in Duvall County, Florida. Every county in Florida has a gas tax from five cents to a maximum 11.9 cents per gallon.

August 16, 2017 - The Florida Times-Union

SEPTA Station

Public Transit Must Evolve to Survive

Ride hailing apps have changed the way people travel. Though public transit may lose ridership to these services, transit should also learn from technological advancements and use those insights to improve transit service.

March 26, 2017 - Philadelphia Inquirer

MARTA Trains

Georgia Looking to Consolidate Regional Transit Agencies

The carrot at the end of a possible re-organization of the state of Georgia's regional transportation agencies would come in the shape of state funding for transit.

December 30, 2016 - Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Akron Bus

Akron Putting Finishing Touches on Bus System Overhaul

Akron Metro RTA recently announced the details of an overhaul of its bus system—the reorganization will affect every one of the system's 36 fixed bus routes.

July 27, 2016 - Akron Beacon Journal

District DOT Considering Stop Consolidation to Speed Up Transit

The tough task of removing bus stops to speed up travel times is on the table in Washington, D.C.

January 28, 2016 - Borderstan

Portland to Test Stop Thinning to Speed Up Streetcars

Responding to the leading complaint about the Portland Streetcar—that they move too slow to be useful compared to other modes—service will temporarily make fewer stops along routes in the Pearl District and Downtown.

December 4, 2015 - The Oregonian

London Skyline

Metros Seek Balance Between Fragmentation and Amalgamation

As the world's cities grow ever larger, local governments constantly ask themselves which is better: amalgamating into one metro-wide government, or maintaining autonomy among fragmented jurisdictions? The answer remains unclear.

May 14, 2015 - The Guardian

Proposed Planning and Development Reorganization Stalls in Philadelphia

A drastic overhaul of the planning and development processes in Philadelphia is, at least for now, on hold so stakeholders can have more time to analyze the proposal.

January 23, 2015 -

New Philadelphia Department of Planning and Development Proposed

Philadelphia City Council President Darrell Clarke will release the details of a proposal to consolidate planning and development approval authority into a new, cabinet-level city department.

September 29, 2014 - Philadelphia Inquirer

What Will It Take to Move Detroit's Holdout Homeowners?

Marooned in an ocean of crumbling homes, declining city services, stray dogs, and crime, as many as 10,000 Detroiters live in areas that are unlikely to rebound. What incentives can the city devise to get them to relocate?

October 9, 2013 - Bloomberg News

Will L.A. Put the Brakes on Planning Department Consolidation?

Two Los Angeles councilmen have introduced a measure seeking to delay implementation of one of former Mayor Villaraigosa's last major initiatives - the merging of the city's Planning and Building & Safety departments.

September 18, 2013 - Los Angeles Daily News

Broken Bus

Are Corporations Imperiling America's Public Transportation Systems?

Chris Hedges warns that corporate consolidation of public transportation is leading to increasingly dangerous conditions for both drivers and passengers, especially in intercity bus systems.

April 17, 2013 - AlterNet

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