Transportation

July 21, 2008, 10am PDT
<p>Planners are pushing for a downtown streetcar, but detractors say Columbus already has a fabulous rapid transit system: 'It's called the freeway.'</p>
The Columbus Dispatch
July 21, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>Rising gas prices aren't just encouraging more transit use, they are making public transit more expensive, and charging more for tickets and passes hurt low-income riders the most.</p>
The Christian Science Monitor
July 21, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>A new Federal regulation will deny funding to public transit services for routes oriented to meeting the needs of public schools, with the aim of encouraging school boards to contract with private bus operators instead.</p>
Campaign for America's Future
July 19, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>Escalating gas prices are depressing, but look on the bright side: a new study shows that they may reduce annual traffic deaths by as much as one-third.</p>
Associated Press via Yahoo News
July 19, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>This article from the <em>San Francisco Chronicle</em> argues it's time for a national rail plan.</p>
The San Francisco Chronicle
July 18, 2008, 2pm PDT
<p>A young Florida man apparently infatuated with public transit has managed -- on multiple occasions -- to steal buses and drive their routes picking up passengers.</p>
The Miami Herald
July 18, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>The New York Sun looks west and finds a lot to love in Houston's cars, growth, and pro-development policies.</p>
The New York Sun
July 18, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>San Francisco has been named the most walkable American city by the walkability website WalkScore.</p>
The San Francisco Chronicle
July 17, 2008, 2pm PDT
<p>The much-maligned rail system is being reconsidered, as gas prices and environmental awareness send people looking for solutions. But can Amtrak step up to the plate?</p>
Newsweek
July 17, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>Federal regulators have criticized planners of a bridge expansion for not considering how the new bridge would induce sprawl and increase pollution.</p>
The Oregonian
July 17, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>Students at Petoskey High School in Michigan are building the first “frybrid” -- a grease-powered hybrid -- in Northern Michigan.</p>
Petoskey News-Review
July 16, 2008, 2pm PDT
<p>An informal survey by APTA says that cities across the U.S., cities are experiences surging transit use in all modes. Transit agencies are expanding every way they can, but face budget shortfalls.</p>
CNN
July 16, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>Following a series of Segway pilot tests in other Canadian cities, the town of Sylvan Lake Alberta is loosening up laws restricting them the space age vehicles to private property.</p>
The Globe & Mail
July 16, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>Writer Benjamin J. Turon argues that we aren't in an energy crisis as much as a transportation crisis, and that we already have all the technology we need.</p>
The Daily Gazette, Schenectady
Feature
July 16, 2008, 5am PDT
Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-3) is doing more than responding to Gov. Glendening's recent op-ed on Planetizen calling for more and better options -- he's also introducing legislation to do just that.
Congressman Earl Blumenauer
July 16, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>The provincial government of Montréal challenged transit authorities to increase capacity in time for school. One authority says,'It's been 10 years we've been telling them to put new money into buses and métros...what can they do in two months?'</p>
The Montreal Gazette
Blog post
July 14, 2008, 3pm PDT
City cycling can be hectic. Let's be realistic: most American cities are not meant for cyclists. It would be great if they were, but for now, our city forms are primarily designed for the movement of cars. Because cities are made for cars, it's understandable that car drivers tend to disregard the fact that somebody might be riding a bike out there. (Interchange blogger Mike Lydon recently wrote an excellent piece about planning for bicycle networks.) Until our urban forms and public policies encourage the use of roads by a variety of transportation types, the burden is on cyclists to assert their role in the transit jungle. Communication is key to achieving this goal. Safe cycling (and safe transportation in general) relies heavily on communication. Safe cyclists speak bike language -- a rudimentary system made up of three main components: the wave, the yell and the nod.
Nate Berg
July 14, 2008, 2pm PDT
<p>A "Black Hat security researcher" claims he has discovered security flaws in the FasTrak toll transponder used by drivers in California and Colorado. However, the story is quickly dismantled as "baloney" by a toll road industry insider.</p>
Toll Roads News
July 14, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>New technologies promise to revolutionize the hunt for a parking spot in big cities like San Francisco. Donald Shoup is along for the ride.</p>
The New York Times
July 14, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>Palm Beach and Broward Counties in Florida are looking at a future of dwindling resources for road-building, and projecting the need for alternative transportation.</p>
South Florida Sun-Sentinel