Transit

Link Light Rail train travels on ground level tracks paralell to a street with electrical wires overhead.

Should Transit Riders Sit on Transit Agency Boards?

A proposal under consideration by Washington State lawmakers would give public transit riders a seat at the table and a voice in decisions that directly affect them.

February 5, 2024 - The Urbanist

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The State of Public Transit Ridership Across the US

Ridership recovery is an uphill battle for transit agencies across the nation, but some metro areas have made progress.

December 18, 2023 - Axios

MBTA Green Line

Massachusetts Releases Transit-Oriented Multifamily Housing Rules

Communities near transit stations will have to comply with a new set of regulations that support multifamily development and increased housing density.

August 24, 2022 - The Lowell Sun

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Voters Approved 100 Percent of Pro-Transit Ballot Measures This Year

In 2021, public transit-related ballot measures passed with strong support across the country.

November 24, 2021 - Streetsblog USA

Bridgeport Rail

Opinion: Transportation Funding Priorities Are Outdated

Investing in technology and promoting innovation in the transportation sector can further the Biden administration's goals of reducing carbon emissions and improving public transit.

May 26, 2021 - Bloomberg CityLab

Broadway Bike Lane

The Uncertain Future of Seattle's Bicycle Master Plan

By prioritizing a multi-modal approach and preserving existing vehicle space, the Seattle Department of Transportation risks abandoning the goals of its bicycle master plan.

January 4, 2021 - Seattle Bike Blog

Maokong Sky Gondola

Seattle Neighborhood Groups Propose Aerial Gondola to Replace Light Rail Expansion

Impatient with the city's light rail expansion plans, some residents are looking to aerial gondolas as a new mode of public transit.

December 28, 2020 - The Urbanist

Bus Lane

Pandemic Bus Lanes Show Promise as Permanent Solutions

As cities streamline approval processes for bus-only lanes during the pandemic, transit experts hope the projects will lead to lasting change.

December 21, 2020 - Streetsblog Chicago

Texas State Capital

Austin Hopes to Buck Tradition with Anti-Gentrification Measures in its New Transit Plan

Project Connect promises to prioritize equity and inclusion with $300 million dedicated to anti-displacement efforts.

December 17, 2020 - City Monitor

D.C. Metro

Republicans, Democrats, and Transit

Depending on how the issue is phrased, support for public transit can be bipartisan.

November 9, 2020 - Michael Lewyn

Bike Light

This is How the British Started Cycling More

Cycling has never felt more relevant or encouraged in the UK. Since May, the London Councils have upgraded 60 km of bike lanes in the capital city, added 20,000 square metres of extra pavement space, and installed 1,500+ additional cycle parking.

September 18, 2020 - Cities of the Future

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Racism Has Shaped Public Transit, and It’s Riddled with Inequities

Former Houston METRO Board Member Christof Spieler highlights the racism embedded even in the way transit agencies were created.

August 25, 2020 - Urban Edge

JR Shinkansen

What Is High-Speed Rail?

Beginning with Japan in the 1960s, more and more countries are embracing high-speed trains to streamline domestic travel. Operating at speeds often in excess of 160 mph, high-speed rail networks are now well-developed across Europe and, more recently, in China.

March 23, 2020 - Philip Rojc

MBTA Bus

More Dedicated Busways Coming to Greater Boston

Cities in the Boston area are looking to center-running bus lanes as a next step in developing the region’s public transit infrastructure.

March 5, 2020 - The Boston Globe

San Francisco Rail Transit

Uber App Feature Integrates Transit and Ridesharing

Uber’s "Make My Train" app feature lets riders better plan journeys across modes.

February 24, 2020 - Smart Cities Dive

Rock Island Line

Opinion: Improved Commuter Rail Services Would Better Serve Chicago’s South Side Residents

The city’s South Side residents need more transit options, but an extension of the Chicago Transit Authority’s Red Line would be a costly and less effective alternative.

February 23, 2020 - Chicago Tribune

Arlington Transit Bus

Virginia Proposal for No-Cost and Reduced-Fare Transit

The program would allow transit agencies throughout the state to eliminate or reduce fares.

February 18, 2020 - Greater Greater Washington

Beijing Traffic

Study Shows Link Between Car Ownership and Decrease in Physical Activity

A study of residents in Beijing, China who became car owners indicates that they used alternative transportation modes less after buying cars.

February 14, 2020 - MinnPost

14th Street Busway New York City

Is N.Y.C.’s 14th Street Busway the Future of Transportation?

The success of the busway project could point to a longer-term shift away from planning and design strategies that favor cars.

February 9, 2020 - Curbed

Subway Platform

For Transit to Better Serve Women, More Data Needed

Understanding how women use transit does not just help make systems more equitable. It also guides policy and planning changes that benefit all riders.

February 7, 2020 - Wired

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