Mass Transit

Blog post
January 22, 2019, 10am PST
The Federal Highway Administration's National Household Travel Survey (NHTS) shows that transit use is rising and household vehicle miles traveled are declining—but other data sources paint a more ambiguous picture.
Michael Lewyn
August 14, 2018, 9am PDT
The temporary ban applies to bus and rail projects seeking funding from a number of FTA programs.
Eno Transportation Weekly
Blog post
March 19, 2018, 6am PDT
Why do green transportation policies attract less intense support than environmentalist policies related to waste and litter?
Michael Lewyn
January 11, 2018, 6am PST
Some of the time and money invested in the visually spectacular Moynihan Station should have been spent looking at how well it actually works for commuters, writes Alon Levy.
CityLab
June 21, 2017, 12pm PDT
To discourage users from peeing on elevators at Atlanta MARTA stations, new urine detection technology is being installed as part of rehab plans.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 11, 2017, 9am PDT
California's Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) has recently been exploring ways to power its system using renewable energy sources, but is it really possible to power one of the state's "top 10 power consumers" with alternative energy?
Doggerel
March 24, 2017, 10am PDT
The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) has partnered with veterans group to provide free transit to the city's veterans.
Kansas City Star
March 19, 2017, 1pm PDT
While what exact form it will take is uncertain, the idea of a circulator running a loop through Downtown Boise is gaining support.
Boise Weekly
October 21, 2016, 9am PDT
An interview with a photographer about his unflattering pictures of train riders in Tokyo's crowded subway.
CNN
October 11, 2016, 8am PDT
Following an 11 percent drop in ridership in the last quarter, transportations experts are left scratching their heads as to where D.C.'s Metrorail riders have gone.
The Washington Post
October 7, 2016, 12pm PDT
Transit consultant Jarrett Walker argues that Uber's ads betray dark aspirations for the future of transit.
Human Transit
August 14, 2016, 1pm PDT
Besting all expectations, ridership numbers have increased 83 percent since Seattle's Sound Transit light rail system added two new stations, connecting downtown to the city's Capitol Hill neighborhood and the University of Washington.
Next City
August 3, 2016, 6am PDT
Atlanta Magazine has gathered together five of the often discussed, but never implemented, plans to move people effortlessly around Atlanta. And they've thrown in one canard to see if you've been paying attention.
Atlanta Magazine
April 27, 2016, 11am PDT
Washington D.C.'s new streetcar line opened to a chorus of media naysayers who mocked the slow moving transit, but reality shows it's not quite as slow as some would have you believe.
Greater Greater Washington
February 1, 2016, 2pm PST
Columbus, Ohio is expected to grow to 500,000 residents by 2050, but all recent efforts to raise the funds for a large investment in transit have stalled. The new City Council president wants to try again.
Columbus Business First
February 1, 2016, 7am PST
A transit rider and writer has a simple and succinct request for transit planners in Minneapolis: straighten out your transit routes.
Streets.MN
January 19, 2016, 7am PST
The build out of mass transit and bicycle infrastructure hasn’t been the cure-all for shifting commuters from single-person autos to alternate modes of transit, as many had hoped. Maybe it's time we start looking at how to disincentivize driving.
The New Republic
January 11, 2016, 10am PST
While most big city transit systems have moved on to electronic passes or paper tickets, Philadelphia's riders are left to deal with tokens and transfer slips until SEPTA's plans for a system upgrade come to fruition.
The Philadelphia Inquirer
January 10, 2016, 1pm PST
Compared to other countries, building mass transit in the United States has proven significantly more expensive. But why? And how do we fix this?
Greater Greater Washington
January 10, 2016, 11am PST
After a stumbling start getting off the ground, proponents of Atlanta's new streetcar see hope in its future while others question further investment.
New York Times