Transportation

October 13, 2008, 6am PDT
Mariia Zimmerman of Transportation for America makes the case for a significant investment in transportation infrastructure, from bike paths to inter-city trains.
NOW
Blog post
October 12, 2008, 2pm PDT
"We must respond to the reality that the gas tax, the traditional source of revenue for transportation investments at both the state and federal level, is not expected to keep pace with transportation needs in the future." With these words, New York Transportation Commissioner Astrid C. Glynn welcomed participants to a New York State DOT-sponsored symposium, "Beyond the Gas Tax: Funding Future Transportation Needs." The event, organized by Prof. Robert (Buz) Paaswell, Director of the University Transportation Research Center at City College of New York, drew some 200 participants to Syracuse N.Y. on October 7. Emil Frankel, former Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Transportation and currently head of the National Transportation Policy Project at the Bipartisan Policy Center, gave the keynote address. He was followed by a group of national and state speakers who examined the status of state and federal transportation finances and explored the funding options for the future.
Kenneth Orski
October 12, 2008, 1pm PDT
Northern California planner and lawyer Joel Ellinwood has committed himself to riding trains and public transit whenever possible. He's learning a lot along the way.
California Planning & Development Report
October 11, 2008, 11am PDT
Oil, gas and wind man T.Boone Pickens is clearly interjecting himself and his plan into presidential, and vice-presidential politics. Recently, he sat down with Sarah and Todd Palin to promote his plan of using natural gas as a transportation fuel.
Boone Blog
October 11, 2008, 7am PDT
The $700 billion bailout bill includes federal tax benefits for people who commute by bike.
The San Francisco Chronicle
October 11, 2008, 5am PDT
As new design requirements come in at a late stage, bridge planners in Portland are trying to nail down a design for the new light rail bridge that is affordable, appropriate and beautiful. But the beauty aspect may fall to economics.
The Oregonian
October 10, 2008, 12pm PDT
A feasibility study released last week shows that a 141 mile transit system could be built on existing right-of-ways in the Triangle for $1 billion, a fraction of the proposed budget for transit in the region through 2035.
The News Observer
October 10, 2008, 8am PDT
A new study shows that noise pollution on the streets of San Francisco is putting nearly one in six residents at risk for heart disease, high blood pressure and other stress-related illnesses.
The San Francisco Chronicle
Blog post
October 9, 2008, 4pm PDT

One of Vancouver's most recent significant planning exercises is noteworthy not simply because of the merits of its process or its resulting planning and design vision, but perhaps more so because of the new model it may represent to North American mall owners. 

But I'll come back to that.  

Brent Toderian
October 8, 2008, 2pm PDT
John McCain was one of two dozen senators to vote last week against a bill that included $1.5 billion to fund D.C. transit.
Washington Post
October 7, 2008, 1pm PDT
In the Bay Area, where transit and cycling are encouraged and on the rise, cyclists are increasingly turning towards folding bikes to enjoy unrestricted access to the two major rail systems, BART and Caltrain, due to conventional bike limitations.
Inside Bay Area
Blog post
October 7, 2008, 11am PDT

Most people have a highly distorted view of the risks they face, which skews their decisions and ultimately reduces their happiness. We live in one of the safest times and places in history, yet, many people live in constant fear, and respond in ways that actually reduce overall security. This is a major obstacle to efficient transportation, healthy living, and livable community.

Todd Litman
October 7, 2008, 10am PDT
On an unexpected joyride in a souped-up BMW, a group of environmentalists ponder the past and future of cars.
Culture11
October 7, 2008, 6am PDT
A new study finds that sometimes <em>closing</em> roads can improve traffic flow by forcing people to make alternative choices to the shortest route.
The Christian Science Monitor
October 6, 2008, 2pm PDT
Commuters in Sydney, Australia are risking fines rather than waiting in traffic. Along one stretch of highway, over 1000 cheaters were documented in just one hour.
The Daily Telegraph
October 6, 2008, 12pm PDT
In this editorial, Ibne Ahmad of Rawalpindi, Pakistan claims that cars are significantly impacting the quality of life there, and that pedestrians and public space need to be reclaimed for the sake of equality.
The News International
October 6, 2008, 8am PDT
CA Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed perhaps the most important air quality bill of the year just before the deadline to the dismay of the state's environmental and health community. Alaska Gov. Palin's letter asking for the veto may have played a role.
San Mateo County Times
October 5, 2008, 11am PDT
An interview with Tom Skanke, president of a govt. public affairs company, about how he got involved in transportation issues and the unique challenges of moving people around in Las Vegas.
In Business Las Vegas
October 5, 2008, 7am PDT
Since the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, public transit in New Orleans has struggled to rebound. With few riders, service expansions can't be justified. But with diminished service, fewer view transit as a viable option.
Next American City
October 3, 2008, 2pm PDT
An Oahu Transit bus driver was caught playing a Playstation Portable on his route. Reports fail to include which game he was playing- Grand Theft Auto, perhaps?
KGMB-TV