Transportation

August 23, 2008, 11am PDT
Should a packed commuter train remove seats to make room for cyclists or charge to bring bikes on board during peak hours? The Caltrain line between San Francisco and Silicon Valley, the first to accommodate cyclists, is wrestling with this issue.
San Mateo Daily News
August 22, 2008, 7am PDT
"Attractive young females" may be the bellwether of success on new public transit systems, according to a transit consultant who was in the Twin Cities to advise about a planned bus rapid transit line.
Minneapolis-St.Paul Star Tribune
August 22, 2008, 6am PDT
One vocal San Francisco man has halted progress on the city's expansive bicycle master plan, claiming that the more space allotted to bicycles, the more traffic congestion -- and greenhouse gas emissions -- there will be.
The Wall Street Journal
August 21, 2008, 11am PDT
Planners in Montgomery County, MD are nixing a proposed bike path because of its nearness to 'ecologically sensitive parkland'. Bicycle proponents think this argument doesn't hold water. Says one,'they're already running a big highway through there.'
The Washington Post
August 21, 2008, 9am PDT
One of Congress' newest members sees it fitting that Americans should drive slower to save fuel - an appropriate sacrifice for a war she sees partly waged for oil. Her first bill, HR 6458, lowers speed limits to 60/65 mph (urban/rural areas).
The San Francisco Chronicle
August 20, 2008, 11am PDT
This video from the Wall St. Journal Online gives a first-hand look at the current bicycle culture in Beijing, and the variety of bike types available.
Wall St. Journal
August 20, 2008, 10am PDT
As the country prepares for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, officials in Cape Town, South Africa, are considering plans for a citywide bus rapid transit system. BRT pioneer Enrique Penalosa was recently in town to stump for transit.
The Independent Online
August 19, 2008, 1pm PDT
'Quiet' cars on trains -- where cell phones and loud headphones are banned -- are widely popular. So why aren't more transit agencies making designated quiet cars?
The New York Sun
August 19, 2008, 12pm PDT
The Feds won't agree to a $1 congestion peak bridge toll, so SF planners have proposed peak hour parking fees on corridors leading to the Golden Gate Bridge to satisfy the Urban Partnership Agreement terms to retain the $158 million grant.
The San Francisco Chronicle
August 19, 2008, 8am PDT
Denver's Union Station is poised to become a major transportation hub once more, but faces a lot of challenges before opening its doors.
Westword
August 18, 2008, 12pm PDT
Temporary street closures for pedestrian use -- an idea that spawned in Bogota, Colombia -- are occurring in cities all over the world. The trend is expected to continue.
The Christian Science Monitor
August 18, 2008, 11am PDT
Officials in Abilene, Texas, are trying to pass an electronic sign ordinance "proactively" but are facing great resistance, as has been the case for other cities.
Abilene Reporter-News
August 18, 2008, 8am PDT
Despite improved air quality, China says it has no plans to continue the car control measures it has enacted during the Olympics to clean the city's air.
Reuters
August 18, 2008, 7am PDT
Van Nguyen and six neighbors in the NewHolly neighborhood of Seattle weren't satisfied with the city's lack of action on the cars speeding through their community- so they installed speedbumps themselves.
The Seattle Times
August 18, 2008, 6am PDT
In an unlikely collaboration, tax payers and the Los Angeles Bus Riders Union have joined in opposition to a proposal that would raise L.A. County sales tax a half-cent to provide funding for public transit.
LA Weekly
August 17, 2008, 7am PDT
Ohio's seeing streetcars, with new systems planned for Columbus and Cincinnati.
The New York Times
August 17, 2008, 5am PDT
That mainstay of adolescence -- achieving car ownership and going cruising -- may be on its way out.
The Globe and Mail
August 16, 2008, 9am PDT
AARP finds that 29% of older Americans polled say they are now walking as a way to avoid high gas prices, but 40% say the sidewalks in their area are inadequate.
Market Watch - Also Associated Press story
August 16, 2008, 5am PDT
Washington D.C.'s bike sharing system has debuted, with 120 bikes at 10 stations.
The Washington Post
August 15, 2008, 12pm PDT
Next American City reviews a new book called <em>Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What it Says about Us)</em> by journalist Tom Vanderbilt, which follows in the footsteps of <em>Freakonomics</em> and <em>Blink</em>.
The Next American City