Transportation

June 8, 2009, 12pm PDT
Caltrain officials are planning to cut midday service by half, raise parking fees by 50 percent, and charge more for the monthly Go Pass.
The San Francisco Chronicle
June 8, 2009, 10am PDT
It was hailed as the solution to America's infrastructure spending deficit, but the influx of private funds has come to halt along with the failure of banks and the huge investment from the Recovery Act. Plus, many schemes aroused taxpayers wrath.
The New York Times - Economy
June 8, 2009, 9am PDT
The transportation reauthorization bill will be hotly debated this fall on at least two fronts - finding a sustainable funding source and apportioning the revenues. The 18.4 cent gas tax, its funding source, declined 33% due to inflation since 1993.
The New York Times - U.S.
June 8, 2009, 8am PDT
The Metro's Rail Management Committee of East Valley is considering trading the naming rights of light rail stations for revenue.
East Valley Tribune
June 8, 2009, 5am PDT
Starting June 6th, several streets in Brooklyn will be pedestrian- only.
STREETSBLOG.ORG
Blog post
June 7, 2009, 5pm PDT

Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) refers to communities with high quality public transit services, good walkability, and compact, mixed land use. This allows people to choose the best option for each trip: walking and cycling for local errands, convenient and comfortable public transit for travel along major urban corridors, and automobile travel to more dispersed destinations. People who live and work in such communities tend to own fewer vehicles, drive less, and rely more on alternative modes.

Todd Litman
June 7, 2009, 7am PDT
Notwithstanding a $24.3 billion state budget deficit, CA is well-positioned to receive at least 10% of the Recovery Act funding for high speed rail, says Biden. Two corridors in southern and northern CA have been identified for funding.
Los Angeles Times Blog
June 6, 2009, 9am PDT
House Republicans sent President Obama a $375 billion budget-cutting plan, which slices $1 billion from bicycle and pedestrian programs.
STREETSBLOG.ORG
June 5, 2009, 7am PDT
The solution to transportation problems in New York lies not just with the city and the state, but also with the federal government.
DMI BLOG
June 4, 2009, 8am PDT
Car industry analysts try to assess the future of the market - will Zipcar and public transit change car ownership forever?
The New York Times
June 4, 2009, 6am PDT
"Getting There" columnist Cathy Woodruff investigates the use of cobblestones in Albany's historic neighborhoods.
Albany Times Union
June 4, 2009, 5am PDT
Back in September, we reported that the trust fund had to receive an $8 billion bailout. Reuters reports that a second bailout is required to prevent the fund from going broke by August. Sen. Boxer indicates she supports indexing the gas tax.
Reuters
Blog post
June 3, 2009, 7pm PDT

Once again, the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) delightfully surprises the design community with another major leap forward in making city streets a public realm for all users (I can’t tell you how odd it still feels to write that).  As if the impressive, incessant roll-out of bike lanes, successful implementation of the “Select Bus Service”, and the unprecedented changes to Times Square and its environs weren’t enough to pique the imaginations of New Yorkers used to streets built for cars, NYCDOT has just issued their “2009 Street Design Manual”.  Planners and Engineers, get ready for a thrill!

Ian Sacs
June 3, 2009, 2pm PDT
Is congestion pricing unfair to poor people? Rand has released an Environmental Defense Fund-sponsored report, "Equity and Congestion Pricing" that attempts to answer this question and report on other equity-related aspects of congestion pricing.
Environmental Defense Fund - Press Release
Blog post
June 3, 2009, 1pm PDT

Automobile industry subsidies are an inefficient way to support economic development. Even worse, policies intended to support automobile manufacturers and recover loans can be economically harmful. 

Todd Litman
June 3, 2009, 11am PDT
Transit advocates may be louder than highway backers for the first time in discussions about the next authorization bill, but highway supporters warn less highway funding means less gasoline taxes.
Congressional Quarterly Today
June 3, 2009, 10am PDT
Ryan Avent at Streetsblog calls Randal O'Toole's anti-transit arguments "transparently foolish."
Streetsblog
June 3, 2009, 6am PDT
Los Angeles released the first piece of its Bike Master Plan and received a variety of reactions.
la.streetsblog.org
June 3, 2009, 5am PDT
Alex Marshall takes a look at Spain's recent record of proactive transportation planning, connecting cities to direct development rather than to connect already successful areas.
Governing Magazine
June 2, 2009, 10am PDT
A new contest challenges planning professionals and ordinary people to submit their solutions for improving congestion in the United States.
SF.STREETSBLOG.org