Transportation

October 31, 2008, 6am PDT
Gas prices are falling, and drivers are going right back to their gas-guzzling ways.
The New York Times
October 31, 2008, 5am PDT
L.A. Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne and transportation reporter Steve Hymon look at a proposal to raise the sales tax in L.A. to fund public transit. They call it a good opportunity for the city's urbanism, but also a tough sell.
Los Angeles Times
October 29, 2008, 1pm PDT
Sacramento Bee political columnist took three road trips through 17 states and has a few comments to make, along with some facts, about the condition of the Golden State's roads - in comparison to those he toured, and where the responsibility lies.
The Sacramento Bee
October 29, 2008, 10am PDT
In allowing places to be designed for cars before people, city planners are primarily to blame for creating an "autocentric" America, according to this article.
The San Francisco Chronicle
October 29, 2008, 6am PDT
The State Department of Transportation fears that makeshift memorials for killed motorists will distract drivers, and has offered families public signs as alternatives.
The International Herald Tribune
October 28, 2008, 2pm PDT
In one part of downtown Syracuse, motorists are now forced to park by backing into diagonal spaces.
The Post-Standard
Blog post
October 28, 2008, 11am PDT

This morning I was reading through my daily dose of planning related blogs and dropped in on The Overhead Wire, Jeff Wood's excellent transit soapbox. One of Jeff's most recent posts links to an October 25th Reuters article announcing China's $272 billion dollar investment in new rail infrastructure. Yes, you read that correctly. 272 billion. Can't you see president Hu Jintao bringing his pinky to his lips, à la Dr. Evil?

Mike Lydon
October 28, 2008, 11am PDT
Amtrak and other rail systems are using air travel as their model of service, which Alex Marshall argues is a big mistake given the advantages of rail that they fail to exploit.
Governing Magazine
October 28, 2008, 8am PDT
In Nov, 2006, the residents of Berkeley approved a measure requiring the city to reduce GHG emissions by 80% by the year 2050. The draft plan has been released, and unlike an earlier version, this one emphasizes transit oriented development as key.
The Berkeley Daily Planet
Blog post
October 28, 2008, 6am PDT

Here in New York City, there is an incredibly popular burger stand in Madison Square Park called The Shake Shack. It's one of the touchpoints for Silicon Alley, and a great meet-up spot. The problem is that its usually insanely crowded, with an hour-long line stretching well across the park.

Not to be defeated, Silicon Alley geeks created the Shake Shack Twitter Bot, which serves as a sort of chat room for people to report wait times at the Shake Shack. It's a few dozen lines of code that leverages Web 2.0 technology to make the city smarter, more efficient, and more fun.

Anthony Townsend
October 28, 2008, 6am PDT
Metro and 30 other transit agencies across the country may have to pay billions of dollars to large banks as years-old financing deals unravel, potentially hurting service for millions of bus and train riders, transit officials said yesterday.
Washington Post
Feature
October 27, 2008, 5am PDT

In an effort to reduce traffic, citizens in Santa Monica, California have proposed a yearly cap on commercial development.

Nate Berg
October 26, 2008, 11am PDT
In a trial run starting in December, monitors in one New York City subway station will display the exact location of every train on the line, giving riders a more accurate idea about how long they'll have to wait for the next train.
The New York Times
October 26, 2008, 5am PDT
A single bike activist, tired of being honked at by motorists as they passed her in a narrow lane, lobbied her small city for a sign directing motorists to "change lanes to pass", and got it. Motorists have since ceased honking and changed lanes.
The Examiner
October 25, 2008, 11am PDT
A new U of PA study, 'Guaranteed Parking, Guaranteed Driving' compares two NYC neighborhoods, showing decisively that providing off-street parking is a sure way to guarantee more driving.
Transportation Alternatives
October 24, 2008, 2pm PDT
The next president must commit to fixing our infrastructure, says Dave Demerjian of Wired. Such an investment will create jobs, strengthen our economy and make America more competitive.
Wired.com
October 24, 2008, 1pm PDT
The Open Planning Project's Executive Director Mark Gorton talks with Janette Sadik-Khan about how her agency is redefining public space in New York City.
Streetsblog
Blog post
October 24, 2008, 8am PDT
 Technology innovation – that’s all we need to solve the energy crisis!  Unleash American ingenuity and we’ll be able to cope with higher energy costs.  The Windmillmobile, should go a long way toward reducing petroleum consumption.  It seems to work fine unless there is a strong tailwind.  The engineers are still working on the sensor to fold down the windmill for garages and overpasses.  

 

Steven Polzin
October 24, 2008, 7am PDT
In metropolitan Kansas City, two sales tax initiatives on the ballot in efforts to raise money for the region's long-planned light rail system.
The Kansas City Star
October 24, 2008, 7am PDT

"The rise in mass transit ridership should be great news.

Salon.com