Bus

Blog post
November 18, 2012, 6pm PST
Even in cities without world-class transit systems, transit can reduce car ownership to some extent.
Michael Lewyn
November 16, 2012, 12pm PST
Angie Schmitt takes issue with the controversial premise of a recent story from the popular Freakonomics guys. True to their reputation for counter-intuition, their most recent report makes the claim that "driving is greener than transit."
DC.Streetsblog
August 30, 2012, 9am PDT
Described as a "train on wheels," the 98 feet long three-section bus that seats an astonishing 256 passengers is set to hit the streets of Dresden, Germany in October.
tecca
December 18, 2011, 5am PST
The city and federal DOT have decided against a $600 million plan that would introduce light rail and, subsequently, more residents to the city. Instead, money will go to improving a notoriously unreliable bus system.
The Wall Street Journal
Blog post
November 2, 2011, 10am PDT

In August, I moved into a high density apartment complex just 1.5 miles from my office and a five minute walk to a bus stop. One of the central advantages of the building's location was its access to alternative transportation modes. While I could park my car for "free" (the real cost is built into the lease), I was interested in keeping it parked as much as possible. Now, after nearly three months of experimentation, I'm ready to give up the bus, and the reasons are central to understanding the future of transit in the US.

Samuel Staley
May 27, 2011, 6am PDT
Bus rapid transit has seen a recent spike in interest, and with that interest has come the analysis that BRT takes away from light rail projects and vice versa. But as this post points out, they need each other and work better when both are around.
the transport politic
April 25, 2011, 9am PDT
Intercity bus travel is the fastest growing mode of travel for the third year in a row. This piece from <em>New Geography</em> looks at why.
New Geography
October 31, 2010, 7am PDT
TheCityFix's Jonna McKone profiles one of the most interesting subways in the world — Haifa's Carmelit funicular — and the city's BRT system.
TheCityFix
December 20, 2009, 1pm PST
Electronic passes used to board transit systems in the Seattle region could offer a new eye for Big Brother. According to privacy rights activists, the data in the employer-provided passes can be monitored by employers without employees' knowledge.
The Seattle Times
November 24, 2009, 5am PST
San Antonio is wrapping up a month-long experiment that has offered free Wi-Fi internet access on some of its buses.
The Houston Chronicle
June 29, 2009, 8am PDT
A new web-based application that tracks the location of Washington D.C.'s Circulator bus has been released.<em>DCist</em> reports.
DCist
April 10, 2009, 1pm PDT
A draft Environmental Impact Report is now underway to study the proposed routes and power sources for rail extensions south of Boston. Considerations include ridership, wetlands, smart growth benefits, and future development around train stations.
The Boston Globe
March 1, 2009, 1pm PST
This commentary from <em>re:place</em> magazine offers tips and insights into how one can ride transit like a pro.
re:place
February 16, 2009, 9am PST
Manners Mall in Wellington, NZ, has been closed to all vehicles since the seventies. The City Council wants to restore buses through the walkway to improve service.
The Dominion Post
February 11, 2009, 10am PST
Plans to replace Seattle's aging inner-city freeway with a $4.2 billion tunnel and expanded bus service have many lawmakers concerned about being able to raise enough money to make it happen.
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer
February 3, 2009, 10am PST
A long-help plan to install GPS-ready bus tracking equipment to New York City buses has been pushed off indefinitely.
NY1 News
January 31, 2009, 9am PST
Transit officials in Eugene, Oregon, have announced plans to install a test route for a magnet-guided bus technology.
The Register-Guard
January 13, 2009, 5am PST
Officials in Pittsburgh are hoping that expanding transit-oriented development will spur growth in struggling and decaying neighborhoods -- and they have the voter-approved legislation to help.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Blog post
December 11, 2008, 11am PST

Due to the collapse of local tax revenues caused by the national economic downturn, many transit systems may face shortages of money over the next year or two. Assuming this is the case, transit providers will have to either raise fares or reduce services by eliminating bus routes or otherwise reducing transit service.

It seems to me that raising fares is generally the lesser evil, both from the standpoint of an individual rider and from the standpoint of the transit agency itself.

Michael Lewyn
October 23, 2008, 1pm PDT
Budget cuts have resulted in new overtime caps imposed on the Maryland Transit Administration, causing delays and even cancellations of some bus runs.
The Baltimore Sun