Transportation

March 24, 2009, 8am PDT
A magnetic levitation train link between Anaheim and Las Vegas has been on the table for 30 years. Now could be the time the project finally gets enough traction to go from idea to reality.
Las Vegas Sun
March 24, 2009, 7am PDT
S.F. historian Carl Nolte examines S.F.'s vibrant streetcar history and today's modern light rail replacements.
San Francisco Chronicle
March 24, 2009, 5am PDT
The $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that President Obama signed on Feb. 17 left advocates of compact and transit-oriented development practically biting their tongues.
New Urban News
March 23, 2009, 12pm PDT
A region known more for carbon emissions strives to create a carbon-neutral city powered by renewable energy and designed to reduce overall energy demand.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
March 23, 2009, 11am PDT
A proposed toll road near Houston exemplifies an unintended effect of the stimulus: encouraging sprawl.
The New York Times
March 23, 2009, 10am PDT
Through streets in new neighborhoods will reduce traffic on and the cost of maintaining overburdened arterials, but builders and residents say it'll make their communities less safe and attractive.
The Washington Post
March 23, 2009, 9am PDT
Randall O'Toole- in a curiously non-audio opinion piece from NPR- says that trains around the world are fun but are otherwise overly expensive transportation systems used mainly by the elite.
NPR
March 21, 2009, 11am PDT
Light rail developers in Utah are cutting costs and timelines with a new and unlikely track base: foam.
KSL
March 20, 2009, 2pm PDT
Between the spike in gas prices in 2008 and the current recession, the RV industry is in serious trouble as the market for enormous homes on wheels dries up.
Salon.com
March 20, 2009, 1pm PDT
Regional Plan Association of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut has mapped out the impact of all MTA's service cuts for every State Assembly and Senate district in the region. There's also an interactive Google Map.
Regional Plan Association
March 20, 2009, 8am PDT
Officials in North Texas showed significant support yesterday for legislation to raise money for billions of dollars in road and rail improvements.
The Star-Telegram
March 20, 2009, 5am PDT
"Blueprint America" looks at declining public transit subsidies and resulting transit service cuts. The video and report follows two East Bay commuters on suburban bus, BART; the transit agency meeting where bus service is reduced; MUNI LRT footage.
PBS-The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer
March 19, 2009, 2pm PDT
Nine-month study commissioned by President Nicolas Sarkozy aims to transform Paris and its surrounding suburbs into the first sustainable “post-Kyoto" city.
The New York Times
Blog post
March 19, 2009, 1pm PDT
We Americans love a discount. Wal-Mart and the discount retail boom are proof enough of that. What we love even more, though, is free stuff. Just slap the word "free" before almost anything and we'll line up.

This mentality represents some challenges for cities, but also some opportunities. The challenge is that if people don't have to pay for something, they probably won't. And the opportunity is that if people don't have to pay for something, they're way more likely to want it. Let's think of this concept in terms of three innately American traditions: pancakes, mobility, and beer.
Nate Berg
March 19, 2009, 1pm PDT
In the next few months, the Dutch capital will make numerous changes to make its infrastructure greener. With the help of private companies like Cisco and IBM, Amsterdam is closer to becoming a "smart city" than any other in Europe.
BusinessWeek
March 19, 2009, 10am PDT
Have high-speed rail stimulus funds put us any closer to technology like mag-lev? A long record of underfunding makes many of such projects shovel-unready, but hopes are still high.
Miller-McCune
Feature
March 19, 2009, 5am PDT

Amtrak's list of projects that will get stimulus funding is just about finalized, but this financial boost is just the beginning.

Judy Chang
March 18, 2009, 2pm PDT
A one-size-fits-all urban landscape doesn't mean that different ethnic neighborhoods don't find ways to personalize them. A UC Berkeley graduate student investigates how cultures perceive space.
San Francisco Chronicle
March 18, 2009, 1pm PDT
President Obama has promised to give cities a new image, one as the engines that drive the economy and whose issues are intertwined with those of the suburbs. This article looks at some of the big ideas shaping the new city.
Architect Magazine
March 18, 2009, 12pm PDT
Nearly $100 million in transportation funding that has been sidelined in Milwaukee over bureaucratic disagreements will finally come to use, as Mayor Tom Barrett announces provisions in the Federal Omnibus Budget Bill call for it to be spent.
Biz Times