Rapid Transit

Green freeway signs for Atlanta and Atlanta airport on Interstate 85.

MARTA To Add BRT Connection to Airport

A new rapid bus line in Atlanta will link residents to one of the nation’s busiest airports.

May 16, 2024 - Urbanize Atlanta

White and yellow Metro Transit streetcar in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Video: Making Transit Better

How trackless trams and other innovations can make U.S. transit more efficient.

March 28, 2024 - CNBC Marathon

Aerial view of downtown San Antonio, Texas.

Commentary: San Antonio Needs ‘Thoughtful Reforms’ to Improve Affordability

The growing Texas city needs a new approach to meet its residents’ housing and mobility needs.

February 29, 2024 - San Antonio Report

Rapid bus at station at night in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

OKC Celebrates New Rapid Bus Line With Free Rides

The agency wants to showcase the benefits of a recently opened BRT line connecting the northwest part of the city to downtown.

December 5, 2023 - The Oklahoman

Aerial view of red center bus rapid transit lane with bus on Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco, California

What Is Bus Rapid Transit?

Combining elements of rapid transit with buses, BRT systems can provide faster, more reliable service at lower cost than rail-based transit.

June 25, 2023 - Diana Ionescu

Silver Houston Silver Line bus at a dedicated bus rapid transit station

Houston Metro Proposes Undergrounding BRT Line

To ease community concerns, the agency is proposing an underpass in lieu of a prior plan that would have elevated a new rapid transit line above a portion of its downtown route.

April 6, 2023 - Houston Chronicle

San Diego metropolitan Transit System

How to Integrate Light Rail and Bus Rapid Transit for Walkability and Housing

Better integration between San Diego's various transit modes—trolley (light rail), bus, bus rapid transit, and active transit—are key to increasing use and housing options, argues AVRP planner Howard Blackson III.

January 29, 2019 - UrbDeZine

Chicago Commuter Rail

Metra's Hyde Park Plan Leaves Too Many Behind

Chicago's Metra has the resources to create frequent transit for a large swath of the South Side. Instead, their plan supports only the most fortunate along that train line.

July 23, 2017 - South Side Weekly

Jakarta Confronts its Transit Transgression

You think your daily commute is bad? In one of the world's largest cities, a lack of citywide rapid transit means daily commutes of four hours for many Jakarta residents. Help is on the way, but conditions may get worse before they get better.

August 6, 2013 - The New York Times

Vancouver Skytrain near Chinatown

Should We Slow Down Our Pursuit of Rapid Transit?

Jarrett Walker examines the desirability of slow transit as argued by University of British Columbia Professor Patrick M. Condon in support of a vast streetcar network for Vancouver.

November 11, 2012 - Human Transit

China Plans Rapid Growth in Urban Rail Systems

Unlike its slowing economy, infrastructure projects across China continue to expand. Already home to three of the world's most-used transit systems, China plans to invest $127 billion in the coming decade to build dozens of new urban rail projects.

September 19, 2012 - the transport politic

Train On Wheels: L.A.'s Unsung Transit Success

Should Los Angeles be investing more in bus-rapid transit?

July 2, 2012 - Los Angeles Times

Hawaii Gets Mass Transit

A rapid transit system gets closer to reality in Honolulu as officials conduct groundbreaking ceremony, while some still object to the project for aesthetic reasons.

February 25, 2011 - the transport politic

Extensive Rapid Transit System Planned For Paris' Outer-Ring Suburbs

An extensive 96-mile network of rapid transit lines connecting Paris' poorer outer-ring suburbs, on hold since it was proposed a year ago because of its considerable cost, takes a step closer to realization.

September 3, 2010 - the transport politic

The Rapid Growth of China's Rapid Transit

This post from The Transport Politic tracks the growth and planned expansion of rapid transit projects all across China

May 16, 2010 - the transport politic

Rapid Transit for Sin City

Jacob Snow, the executive director of the Clark County Regional Transportation Commission, can't hide his excitement about new rapid transit buses coming to the Las Vegas area in this editorial.

March 27, 2010 - Las Vegas Sun

Why the Streetcar Beat Out "Green Lines"

Matt Fikse calls attention to a Seattle transit plan, which has few drawbacks but has been left to die by officials. Why the streetcar beat out the Rapid Trolley Network.

March 26, 2009 - Crosscut

Visualizing The World's Public Transit

This info-graphic from Good compares subways an rapid transit rail systems from around the world, by track miles and ridership.

February 23, 2009 - Good

Rapid Buses To Serve Suburbs?

A local leader in the suburban Maryland/Washington DC area proposes aggressive use of "rapid buses" in dedicated lanes to accommodate growth, like other jurisdictions in the U.S.

December 14, 2008 - Washington Post

Soccer Tournaments Spur Transit Projects in South Africa

In preparation for two major soccer tournaments -- the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the 2009 Confederations Cup -- South Africa is moving ahead on schedule in constructing major public transit systems in the events' host cities.

May 22, 2008 - BuaNews via AllAfrica.com

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