Transportation

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
June 8, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>A suburb of Dallas ponders charging a toll on a surface road, perhaps the first such plan for a surface road in the United States.</p>
WFAA
June 8, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>Even as SUV sales have dropped 33% this year, some drivers hang on to their gas-guzzlers. "You've got to have that room when you're moving around," says a Georgia man. The cost of switching is another major factor for families.</p>
CNN.com
June 8, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>Chicago has come in second-to-last place in the selection of finalists seeking to host the 2016 Olympics. The city's bid was criticized for not having a strong transportation plan.</p>
The Chicago Tribune
June 7, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>The cartoon strip 'This Modern World' looks at how gas prices have influenced motorists' selection of motor vehicles in the United States - from the 1970's to 'five minutes from now'.</p>
Salon.com
June 7, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich gives his two cents about the need to expand public transit.</p>
Robert Reich's Blog
June 7, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>This slideshow from <em>Wired</em> takes a tour of some of the best subway systems in the world, boasting some of the world's most extravagant stations and efficient commutes.</p>
Wired
June 6, 2008, 2pm PDT
<p>London's underground subway system recently banned the consumption of alcoholic beverages, and to celebrate the last night of drunken train commuting, Londoners converged on trains to get hammered. They also got rowdy, assaulted and arrested.</p>
BBC
June 6, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>Council Member David Yassky was one of congestion pricing's earliest and most vocal proponents, and he hasn't yet given up on the prospect of charging tolls to drive in Manhattan.</p>
The Planning Report
June 6, 2008, 10am PDT
<p>With fill-ups costing close to $70,000 for a transatlantic flight, airlines are facing a grim future.</p>
The Globe & Mail