Transportation

July 31, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>Want to be a rebel, a real counter-culturalist? This commentary says it's easy: ride a bike.</p>
Globe Gazette
July 31, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>The Bay Area's transportation agency, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, approved a comprehensive plan for regional High Occupancy Toll lanes, mostly from conversions of existing and already-planned carpool lanes, totaling almost 800 miles.</p>
The San Francisco Chronicle
July 30, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>Governing Magazine takes a look at the light rail explosion in the Southwest, particularly in Phoenix, where weather is a major factor in ridership.</p>
Governing Magazine
July 30, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>A public art piece/commentary on alternative transportation, the Pedal Cloud is a Volkswagen chassis with seats for 10 pedalers and one driver. </p>
Pedal Cloud
July 29, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>Whether for exercise, eco-consciousness or necessity, a growing number of suburban New York commuters are using two wheels instead of four.</p>
The New York Times
July 27, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>After more than three hours of public comment and debate at Thursday's MTA Board meeting, the Board of Directors approved placing a half-cent sales tax on the November ballot, pending approval of a companion Assembly bill.</p>
The Los Angeles Times
July 27, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>Sound Transit is putting a major bus and rail plan on the November ballot. The Seattle Times has the details of where the money will go.</p>
The Seattle Times
July 25, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>OC Transpo (Ottawa's transit authority) says that Frances Woodard can no longer bring her pet ferret on transit.</p>
Canwest News Service
July 25, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>Moscow tops an annual ranking of the world's most expensive cities. The survey examines housing, transportation, food, clothing, household goods and entertainment for corporations and government agencies determining living costs for expats.</p>
Forbes
July 25, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>After over fifty years without public transportation, new support for transit from Detroit leaders.</p>
National Public Radio
July 25, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>Malcolm Buchanan writes that advances in control technology and the upcoming launch of the Heathrow Airport PRT mean that Personal Rapid Transit is ready for the spotlight.</p>
Citymayors.com
July 25, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>Former travel editor Catherine Watson is interviewed on NPR's "Talk of the Nation" about her Amtrak trip on three long-distance trains from Minnesota to New Mexico that illustrate the difference between travel and transportation.</p>
National Public Radio - Talk of the Nation
July 24, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>Since 1956, federal, state and local governments have invested nine times more capital funding in highway subsidies than in transit.</p>
Streetsblog
July 24, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>Officials in San Francisco have proposed permanently banning cars from a 2.3 mile section of Market Street, downtown's major thoroughfare.</p>
The San Francisco Chronicle
July 23, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>Houston's MTA is planning to allow drivers to pay a toll to use the High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane on their freeways, and the local Sierra Club chapter is speaking out against the plan.</p>
The Houston Chronicle
July 22, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>New York City's car-free "Summer Streets" events are proving to be popular. A three-and-a-half minute video offers a look at Saturday's Williamsburg Walks event on Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn.</p>
Streetsblog
July 22, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>Yet another unforeseen consequence of high gasoline prices and less driving: the gas tax-funded federal highway trust fund is being depleted, putting states' highway project funding in danger.</p>
The Los Angeles Times
July 21, 2008, 2pm PDT
<p>The Wall St. Journal's David Patton tries a new hybrid-electric bicycle to see if it makes sense as a commute vehicle. </p>
Wall St. Journal
July 21, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>MarketWatch reports on the rise of contactless smart cards in public transit and banking, and speculates that the time is ripe to put the two uses on the same card.</p>
Marketwatch
July 21, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>The Chicago Transit Authority has announced plans to remove all the seating from some of its rush hour trains in order to deal with increased demand.</p>
The Chicago Tribune