Transportation

June 15, 2009, 9am PDT
New Jersey Transit has broken ground on what may be the nation's most costly transit project: a commuter rail tunnel under the Hudson River to a new Penn Station Expansion that, to the chagrin of transit advocates, will not connect to Penn Station.
The New York Times - N.Y. / Region
Blog post
June 15, 2009, 6am PDT

I live in Hoboken, New Jersey.  It is a small (~50k residents), very densely populated city (fourth in the country), with high pedestrian volumes and some hairy traffic issues in certain areas.  With heavy rail, light rail, subway, bus, ferry, taxi, bicycle, pedestrian, and para-transit all converging at Hoboken Terminal, it is also home to perhaps the richest intermodal transportation facility in the world (in terms of modes).  It is often characterized as  feeling European, or like Brooklyn, take your pick.  Recently, we have been successful in implementing a nascent bicycle plan that includes bike lanes striped along the length of two north/south avenues in the heart of the city.  Cross streets are next with “sharrows" since these streets are too narrow for exclusive

Ian Sacs
Blog post
June 15, 2009, 12am PDT
OK Bob – I’ll Take Your Challenge

Last year, California, passed SB 375, which requires regional governments to develop smart growth-oriented land use and transportation plans aimed at reducing VMT.

Todd Litman
June 14, 2009, 1pm PDT
The largest recipient of the U.S. DOT 2008 Urban Partnership Agreement are two freeways in LA County where carpool lanes will be converted to Express Lanes with dynamic pricing with additional, clean fuel buses, all funded by the $210 million grant.
Los Angeles Times
June 14, 2009, 9am PDT
Figures from the U.S. Department of Transportation show that the number of nationwide air passengers has declined from the previous year.
SF.STREETSBLOG.org
June 14, 2009, 5am PDT
House and Senate negotiators decided a $106 billion war bill, from which 10 percent would be granted to transit operating costs.
la.streetsblog.org
June 13, 2009, 1pm PDT
Cities are warming up to the idea that planning for the future means more car sharing programs and fewer parking spaces.
The New York Times
June 13, 2009, 11am PDT
Idling commuter buses in Atlanta cause air pollution and traffic congestion, and locals are getting fed up.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
June 13, 2009, 7am PDT
Municipal Railway officials in San Francisco recently unveiled a proposal to remove a certain amount of bus and street car stops.
San Francisco Chronicle
June 12, 2009, 1pm PDT
The mayor of the southernmost city Key West, Morgan McPherson, says catching red-light runners is a good way to raise revenue during tough times.
Florida Keys Keynoter
June 12, 2009, 8am PDT
Not only is walking in Oklahoma City not encouraged, it's actually discouraged with public policy, says an urban design consultant.
News OK
June 12, 2009, 7am PDT
The City of St. Petersburg, Florida has proposed longer enforcement hours on parking meters. Residents and business owners are none too happy about the change.
St. Petersburg Times
June 12, 2009, 5am PDT
Officials in Miami-Dade County are considering a move to lift car restrictions from an underused two-lane commuter busway. One plan is to convert the busway into a tollroad.
The Miami Herald
June 11, 2009, 12pm PDT
The Metropolitan Area Planning Council will unveil a new plan for growth and preservation in Greater Boston, which calls for a new pattern of development based on "Smart Growth".
The Boston Globe
June 11, 2009, 9am PDT
Robin Chase co-founded ZipCar in 2000. Now she's working on GoLoco, a ride sharing system based on the ZipCar platforms.
Urban Omnibus
June 10, 2009, 10am PDT
The second passenger rail tunnel beneath the Hudson River will link New Jersey with New York and will also double the capacity on the nation's busiest rail corridor.
CNN
June 10, 2009, 8am PDT
Planners in Park Slope have been experimenting with adjusting the price of on-street parking during peak hours on busy Fifth Avenue.
Streetsblog
June 10, 2009, 6am PDT
City officials in Houston are set to consider plans to incentivize broad pedestrian walkways near existing and planned light rail stations within the city.
The Houston Chronicle
June 9, 2009, 2pm PDT
Italian car designer Pininfarina has announced that it will release a fully-electric, partially solar-powered car in Europe in 2010.
Inhabitat
Blog post
June 9, 2009, 7am PDT

The growth in hybrid car sales is a welcome sign that a major change in the automobile industry is afoot.  The shift to transport infrastructure that is not based on the archaic complexity of an internal combustion engine, with its hundreds of moving parts and compressed fuel explosions, has been long put off by an automobile industry, happy with status quo, partnered with oil cartels with the power to price their product as if it were in endless supply.  But with smack-in-the-face-reality fuel prices last summer, the collapse of the so-called “Big Three” over the winter, and the simultaneous heralding assertion of alternative energy technologies (Daimler AG bought a 10% stake in Tesla Motors last month!), the fallout of western economic near-collapse has changed everything we’ve known to be sacrosanct; Leonard Lopate even waxed nostalgic about the “Death of the Car Song” yesterday on National Public Radio’s local station, WNYC.

Ian Sacs