Transportation

Blog post
June 2, 2009, 9am PDT

I’ve read some airport-related planning literature about the interiors of airports and about their public transit connections. (For a good example of the latter, see http://www.planetizen.com/node/34842 ) But one other difference between airports relates to their exteriors: the difference between walkable airports and not-so-walkable airports.

Michael Lewyn
June 2, 2009, 8am PDT
New York City had a 35 percent increase in commuter cycling last year. Much of the increase was attributed to New York City’s Department of Transportation's experimenting with innovative bicycle facilities based on European models.
rabble.ca
June 1, 2009, 1pm PDT
<em>PEDALING REVOLUTION: How Cyclists Are Changing American Cities</em> by Jeff Mapes, a political reporter for The Oregonian and long-time bike commuter in Portland, details how cycling and advocacy are changing America's urban landscape.
The New York Times - Sunday Book Review
June 1, 2009, 12pm PDT
Michael Moore marks the GM bankruptcy by calling for the preservation of its industrial infrastructure in order to build sustainable transportation systems.
michaelmoore.com
June 1, 2009, 10am PDT
Miami, Broward, and Palm Beach counties are unable to sustain their financial contributions to Tri-Rail, so weekend service will end and major cuts made to daily service.
The Miami Herald
June 1, 2009, 9am PDT
Sam Staley argues that the increase in property values around transit stations isn't attributable to increased ridership, and in fact the locations with the least investment had the highest ridership.
The Business Journal (Fresno)
Blog post
June 1, 2009, 8am PDT

On my coveted “Bane of Americana” list just behind my cell phone company's automated customer support option to “Press '3' To Stay On Hold” (not kidding!), is the so-called “Passenger Pick-Up System” at airport terminals.  Instead of realizing a purported orderly and safe system, by forcing cars to circuit the entire loop road in an attempt to perfectly intercept with arriving passengers, airports are perpetuating a half-brained scheme reminiscent of Disney World's Mad Tea Party ride.

 
It's Always Six O'Clock At Terminal Eight! 

Ian Sacs
June 1, 2009, 7am PDT
Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood is visiting Spain, hoping to glean some knowledge from the country's recent successes with high-speed rail.
The New York Time - Energy & Environment
May 29, 2009, 8am PDT
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials has released a report, "Achieving the Vision: Intercity Passenger Rail" to guide investment of the $8 billion Recovery Act and future funding on passenger and freight rail.
AASHTO Press Release
May 29, 2009, 6am PDT
Alamo Heights, a suburb of San Antonio, grapples with whether to adopt a "New Urbanist" (but slightly more traditional) approach to its major thoroughfare to improve pedestrian and bicycle access.
San Antonio Express-News
May 29, 2009, 5am PDT
Mayor Karl Dean of Nashville, TN spoke yesterday about his belief that the area needs a regional transit system, and now. Said Dean, "We need to be bold, not afraid and push forward fast."
The Tennessean
May 28, 2009, 12pm PDT
A proposal authored by Stanford students for a class to create a pedestrian-only zone near campus has gotten the attention of business owners and the community.
Streetsblog
May 28, 2009, 10am PDT
...now that the self-balancing unicycle is here, courtesy of Vancouver inventor Daniel Wood.
Oregon Live
May 28, 2009, 9am PDT
California's proposed high-speed rail line is to be funded by a patchwork of federal, state, and local funding mechanisms. Reporter Dierdre Newman sorts through the morass.
spot.us
Blog post
May 27, 2009, 10am PDT

A friend introduced me yesterday to rambunctious bicycling advocate Fred Oswald via a recent article out of Cleveland’s press. Much debate swirls around his not-so-uncommon opinions. Mr. Oswald’s argument can be boiled down to two points: supporting a critical need for much more bicycling education on sharing public roadways with other vehicles, and fighting an industry-borne fallacy that breaking up streets with allocated spaces, such as bike lanes, is good for the biking community. The former is, of course, not contestable. We all agree that safety and training are absolutely critical to developing a strong and healthy bicycling community.

Ian Sacs
May 26, 2009, 2pm PDT
USA Today reports on a growing trend of cities like Dallas and Seattle that are connecting their airports to their downtowns via rail.
USA Today
May 26, 2009, 10am PDT
Titan Worldwide, a company that sells advertising on the sides of buses for the cities of New York, Boston and Minneapolis, is unable to pay millions of dollars in ad revenue it owes to transit authorities.
The New York Times
May 26, 2009, 8am PDT
Construction crews moved in to Times Square Sunday night to start work on another ambitious leg of New York's pedestrianization project.
The Huffington Post
May 26, 2009, 7am PDT
Three cities - three directions on how their transportation infrastructure was shaped by national transportation and housing legislation, and the role of influential leaders like CO Gov. Lamm, OR representative Earl Blumenauer, and NY's Robert Moses.
PBS
Blog post
May 25, 2009, 2pm PDT

This extended holiday weekend is much anticipated personally because it signifies the return to a recreational activity that thrills me more so than any other.  By this time most years the weather has warmed up enough to prevent any further delay in getting my cheap, little sailboat ready “for the season”.  While there is very strong merit in, and a touch of previous discussion on, the return to sailing vessels for the purposes of international commercial shipping, this Memorial Day weekend I rather turn to the merits sailing has as a sustainable, low-impact, and surprisingly cheap way of having fun and experiencing the splendor of nature first hand.  Won't you please take a few moments to consider how a traditional form of waterborne transportatio

Ian Sacs