Transportation

June 17, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>Earth Island Journal takes an in-depth look at how and why congestion pricing got the kibosh in New York.</p>
Earth Island Journal
June 16, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>With plans for a $4 billion light rail system, the city of Honolulu is hoping to boost its economy and create more jobs by contracting a number of smaller firms to do the project's work instead of one big firm.</p>
Honolulu Star-Bulletin
June 15, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>The US has never encouraged cycling as a practical mode of travel, and as a result, biking to work is a rare and hazardous activity, with four times the fatality rate of some European countries. A Rutgers University study shows how that can change.</p>
New Urban News
June 14, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>Oklahoma City residents used to 70-mile commutes are turning to carpooling as gas hovers at $4 a gallon. But with the largest land area of any U.S. city, providing public transit remains a major challenge.</p>
CNNMoney.com
June 13, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>Central European cities lead the world in this assessment of 'quality of living.' The survey is oriented towards companies who could locate workers in those countries and need to calculate 'hardship allowances.'</p>
Citymayors.com
June 13, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>Riders of the New York MTA hit the transit agency with $1.2 billion in injury and damaged property claims, seriously impacting the affordability of transit.</p>
Reuters
June 13, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>Soaring fuel costs are seeing more people turning to non-conforming vehicles, such as golf carts. But studies show that they are a risky mode of transportation.</p>
The Globe & Mail
June 12, 2008, 10am PDT
<p>Gas-guzzling SUVs no longer rule the U.S. auto market.</p>
Wired Autopia
Blog post
June 11, 2008, 10am PDT

The American Public Transit Association reports that transit ridership climbed to 10.3 billion trips during the first quarter of 2008, the “highest number of trips taken in fifty years.” That represents a 3.3 percent increase overall over the previous year while vehicle miles traveled, a measure of demand for car travel, fell by 2.3 percent, they observe.

Samuel Staley
June 11, 2008, 10am PDT
<p>Gas prices have just surpassed the $4 mark, but the impact is far from uniform throughout the nation- poor, rural counties, particularly in the south and west, suffer disproportionately.</p>
The New York Times
June 11, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>A new web site that generates directions for cyclists could supplant the New York City Bike Map.</p>
Streetsblog
June 11, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>After MNDOT closed the Highway 43 bridge connecting Winona, MN to western Wisconsin, locals worried about the economic fallout from an extended closure. Within a week, a ferry and bus system was put in place.</p>
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 11, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>Streetcars and rail in place of bus rapid transit said to jeopardize federal funding.</p>
The Kansas City Star
June 10, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>The California Air Resources board is expected to approve a new propane-fueled engine this week, opening the door for an alternative fuel source for cars and trucks. Supporters say its also convenient because distribution channels already exist.</p>
CNET News
June 10, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>Boise is hoping to follow on the coattails of Little Rock in bringing back a long de-commissioned trolley system to the city's downtown.</p>
The Idaho Statesman
June 10, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>NPR reports on 'hypermilers', drivers who practice active gas-saving techniques like braking lightly and combining trips. One hypermiler says he isn't doing it to be green: 'The environment I'm concerned with is my wallet.'</p>
NPR
June 9, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>Toronto environmental lawyer Albert Koehl believes that Canada's Conservative government should embark on a national bicycle strategy.</p>
The Globe & Mail
Feature
June 9, 2008, 9am PDT

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The Planetizen Team
June 9, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>Driving is down, transit ridership is up, but few are serisouly talking about how to improve America's transit system, according to this article from <em>Grist</em>, which wonders why.</p>
Grist
Blog post
June 8, 2008, 1pm PDT

There are three types of bicyclists: Advanced Bicyclists, Intermediate Bicyclists and Beginner Bicyclists. We need to plan and build facilities to accommodate all of them. Those cities that do are experiencing ridership numbers far above the national average.

Mike Lydon