Transportation

June 27, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>Joe White, who reports on the auto industry in Detroit, steps out his car and reflects on the city's mixed history of transit. To get the full picture, he tries to ride the bus himself.</p>
Wall St. Journal
June 27, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>This article from <em>Next American City</em> looks at escalators -- the expensive, energy-intensive, and often under-used transportation mode.</p>
The Next American City
June 26, 2008, 2pm PDT
<p>Inventor, visionary, and architect Buckminster Fuller used design to tackle problems including homelessness and environmental degradation.</p>
Democracy Now!
June 26, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>Maryland's transit parking lots are overflowing into nearby neighborhoods, as buses, park-and-rides, and even their long-derided light rail, fill up.</p>
The Baltimore Sun
June 26, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>Transit agencies around the U.S. offered free rides on a single day, and large crowds follow. But observers aren't sure they'll stick around when they have to pay again.</p>
San Jose Mercury News
June 25, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>In a bold move likened in this article to the Apollo program, General Motors is throwing everything it has into the development of the Volt, a revolutionary plug-in electric hybrid.</p>
Atlantic Monthly
Blog post
June 25, 2008, 10am PDT

In my last post, I suggested that transit’s “resurgence” is, ultimately, much ado about nothing. Transit’s increased ridership, while important for transit managers, will do little to change fundamental travel patterns of US urban areas.

Samuel Staley
June 25, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>Toronto's Metrolink brings together city and transportation planners to brainstorm the transit of the future.</p>
The Toronto Star
June 24, 2008, 2pm PDT
<p>Following on the success of its bike-sharing system, Paris is planning to unveil a citywide green car-sharing system.</p>
The Guardian
June 24, 2008, 10am PDT
<p>A year after a new freeway was completed in Southern California, traffic data shows increased use. Officials plan to widen the freeway to handle the increased load.</p>
The San Bernardino Sun
June 24, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>Transit officials in Chicago are calling on the city to rebuild its historic streetcar system. Rails still exist on many streets, but city officials are leaning away from streetcars and towards bus rapid transit.</p>
Chicago Sun-Times
June 24, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>In this op-ed piece, Kevin C. Phelan and Yanni Tsipis argue that Boston's 'Big Dig' has only fought half the battle, calling for a more proactive approach to building over the city's other auto sewer, the Massachusetts Turnpike.</p>
The Boston Globe
June 23, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>This story from <em>NPR</em> looks at a new bike lane in New Orleans, and other efforts the city is taking to update its street infrastructure.</p>
NPR
June 23, 2008, 10am PDT
<p>Traffic signs on American roadways are so numerous and so distracting to drivers that they are having the opposite effect intended, writes John Staddon.</p>
Atlantic Monthly
June 23, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>A recent L.A. Times series suggests that we should build more Southern California freeways for long-distance commuters, and prevent additional job development in employment-heavy areas. Bill Fulton suggests a different approach.</p>
California Planning & Development Report
June 23, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>Cyclists Bill Reynolds muses on the freedom offered by the bicycle -- and the tragic tendency for cyclists to fall victim to automobiles.</p>
The Walrus
Feature
June 23, 2008, 5am PDT
Rising gas prices and thickening traffic congestion make small, fuel-efficient scooters seem like a great way to get around. But on roads built mainly for speeding cars, scooting can be scary. Occasional scooter-rider Pam Diaz argues it shouldn't be.
Pam Diaz
June 22, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>Royal Caribbean is building the world's largest cruise ship, which will be a city in its own right with seven different neighborhoods and a central public space/urban park.</p>
Gizmodo
June 22, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>Columnist Roger K. Lewis reflects on Arlington's Rosslyn-Ballston corridor and what other cities can learn from their success.</p>
The Washington Post
June 22, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>This segment from <em>NPR</em> features a discussion with Houston Mayor Bill White about the city's increasing congestion, the limits of zoning, and the population's reaction to rising gas prices.</p>
NPR