Transportation

November 11, 2008, 8am PST
A surge in streetcar system construction in the United States is benefitting a number of tram builders like Siemens of Germany and Skoda of the Czech Republic.
International Herald Tribune
November 11, 2008, 7am PST
Urban Velo Magazine updates readers on new methods for making cities cycle-friendly, and provides a brief history of cycles in cities.
Urban Velo Magazine
November 11, 2008, 5am PST
As China embarks on the greatest rail-building investment since the U.S. built its transcontinental railroad, this article points to the urgent need to reform its state-controlled pricing system, both for freight and passengers, to make it effective.
Business Week
Blog post
November 10, 2008, 12pm PST

 

This weekend, I had the pleasure of taking a ride up the Pacific Coast Highway in a hot-off-the-assembly-line Tesla sportscar. While I normally fall in with the camp that thinks the focus on alternative fuel cars is distracting from the need to move people out of cars and into transit, walking and biking, I have to say, the Tesla Roadster is a beautiful piece of machinery.

Tim Halbur
November 9, 2008, 7am PST
Transportation officials in Britain have announced plans for a road pricing system that tracks drivers' mileage to determine charges.
The Times
Blog post
November 8, 2008, 1pm PST

Some things are so very bad that they are good, for the sake of amusement and as examples to avoid. Of course, everybody makes mistakes, but some massive disasters involve so many errors by so many people that onlookers can also wonder, “What were they thinking?!”

Todd Litman
November 8, 2008, 11am PST
Two traffic engineers in Los Angeles hacked into a traffic light control system with the intent to influence upcoming contract negotiations.
Los Angeles Times
November 7, 2008, 1pm PST
Not one board member of the Metrolink in Southern California is an everyday rider. But is it so bad that these members, usually politicians, are calling the shots?
Los Angeles Times
November 7, 2008, 12pm PST
Puget Sound voters strongly supported Sound Transit's sales tax measure to expand public transit while Washington state voters overwhelmingly rejected an Eyeman initiative to allow solo motorists to use carpool lanes during off-peak hours.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
November 7, 2008, 5am PST
An organism discovered in the Patagonian rainforest produces a mixture of chemicals similar to diesel.
Guardian.co.uk
November 6, 2008, 1pm PST
Los Angeles County voters narrowly approved Measure R, a half-cent sales tax measure, by 67.4% (2/3 was necessary) to fund rail and road projects, including the Subway to the Sea. The victory is seen as a huge coup for LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
Los Angeles Times
November 6, 2008, 12pm PST
On Monday, Gothamist revealed the winners of a contest to redesign the traffic-clogged intersection of 4th Avenue and 9th Street in Brooklyn.
Gothamist.com
November 6, 2008, 8am PST
The Erie Canal has been long forgotten as a passage for transportation, but the affordability of shipping goods by canal barge is making it a more attarctive option than doing so by trucking.
The New York Times
November 5, 2008, 2pm PST
The fourth attempt proved a charm as Marin and Sonoma county voters narrowly passed a 1/4 cent sales tax measure to build and run a diesel light rail train through both counties along with an adjacent bike path. The tax measure needed 2/3 to pass.
Marin Independent Journal
November 5, 2008, 12pm PST
A sales tax plan to fund light rail in Kansas City has failed.
The Kansas City Star
November 5, 2008, 11am PST
A $10 billion high speed rail bond is winning with 52.2% voting 'Yes' with 95% of the precincts reporting. This would be the first state bond measure supporting high speed rail to be supported by voters in U.S., though it only funds 1/3 of costs.
San Francisco Chronicle
November 5, 2008, 9am PST
Draper, UT will soon be seeing new transit-oriented development, where there will be no building height restrictions or population caps.
Deseret News
November 5, 2008, 8am PST
Passenger rail is on the minds of voters and politicians more than ever. Some say the next train era is on its way.
San Francisco Chronicle
November 5, 2008, 6am PST
Quirky, artistic bike racks are cropping up in cities around the country--a trend that benefits more than just cyclists.
USA Today
Feature
November 5, 2008, 5am PST
The balloons have fallen, and the yard signs have been yanked up. The people have chosen, and in a historic win, Senator Barack Obama will soon be our next president. Now the hopes and promises of the campaign must harden into reality. Managing Editor Tim Halbur summarize what we can expect from an Obama presidency in regards to urban issues.
Tim Halbur