Transportation

October 23, 2008, 1pm PDT
Budget cuts have resulted in new overtime caps imposed on the Maryland Transit Administration, causing delays and even cancellations of some bus runs.
The Baltimore Sun
October 23, 2008, 9am PDT
San Francisco's Municipal Railway transit system will see incremental but major changes in the next five years.
The San Francisco Chronicle
October 23, 2008, 6am PDT
To offset delayed transit funds, the Bay Area Rapid Transit District plans to charge those who drive to BART stations more to park. In some places, commuters will be charged to park for the first time.
The San Francisco Chronicle
October 22, 2008, 1pm PDT
Critics of California's proposed high-speed rail system say that big cities are too spread apart for it to work as well as it has in Europe and Asia. Additionally, Californians will have to learn to adapt to density and public transportation.
The San Francisco Chronicle
October 22, 2008, 9am PDT
The new 'oil shock' is one of plummeting oil prices and its effect on alternative technologies and energy. Combined with the credit crisis, the fallout in some green technologies is shown by difficulties in attracting capital and customers.
The Washington Post
October 22, 2008, 5am PDT
Universities are looking to cut down on the number of cars students bring with them to school by offering free bikes and bike sharing programs.
The New York Times
October 21, 2008, 1pm PDT
According to Neal Payton, Santa Monica's Proposition T, intended to cut traffic growth, is useless.
Streetsblog
October 21, 2008, 10am PDT
Phoenix is counting on a new light rail system to revive one of the city's long-ignored commercial corridors when trains start operation at the end of the year.
The Arizona Republic
October 21, 2008, 9am PDT
As a new 2.7 mile dedicated bus lane opens in Austin, transportation planner Ralph Trapani of Parsons Transportation Group says to watch for 'empty-lane syndrome': the tendency of drivers to use open lanes illegally when in bad traffic.
Aspen Daily News
October 21, 2008, 8am PDT
This column looks at the NIMBY-minded attitude of one couple that has been fighting to prevent a bus line from coming into their neighborhood.
The Toronto Star
October 21, 2008, 5am PDT
Sacramento Bee columnist Daniel Weintraub evaluates the pros and cons of California's $10 billion High Speed Rail Proposition 1A. With state revenues are already expected to be over $10 billion short than projected, he thinks it is a risky measure.
The Sacramento Bee
October 20, 2008, 11am PDT
Chris Turner looks at successful car-free pedestrianization and bicycle planning in Copenhagen and Melbourne and wonders why Canada's sprawling, frigid cities can't adopt these ideas as well.
Globe & Mail
October 19, 2008, 11am PDT
Two weeks after Congress passed HR 2095, Bush signed this bill to double Amtrak funding and mandate safety technology to prevent Metrolink-like crashes. It may be a precursor to greatly expanded transit spending in the next administration.
Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin
October 18, 2008, 9am PDT
Electric car start-up in Silicon Valley said Wednesday that it would lay off employees and delay production of its second car, the Model S, until 2011.
The New York Times
October 17, 2008, 11am PDT
What do you get when you designate a carpool lane on a toll road for hybrids and carpoolers? A 'green' lane, say Illinois planners. However, they still pay the toll. Now add a "HOT lane overlay" to it - solo drivers can use it for a 'premium'.
Chicago Sun-Times
October 17, 2008, 10am PDT
Zip line tours- where you slide down a wire hanging from a lanyard- are growing in popularity in tourist spots like the canopies of rainforests. BLDBLOG proposes an urban application.
BLDBLOG
Blog post
October 17, 2008, 9am PDT

A recent report that I coauthored, "Managing Transport Challenges When Oil Prices Rise" provides practical policy guidance on how to manage the risks of rising oil prices by increasing transport system efficiency. People with short attention spans might think that this report is already outdated, since global financial uncertainty has replaced rising fuel prices as the crisis-of-the-month. Leading businesses are bankrupt, employees are frightened, consumers are cautious, and fuel prices plummeting.

Todd Litman
October 17, 2008, 7am PDT
The federal transportation spending bill will be up for reauthorization in 2009. The fate of the nation's transportation will hinge on how this bill is reworked, which will largely be determined by who wins this November's presidential election.
CNN Money
October 17, 2008, 6am PDT
Cyclists are much more likely to use bike lanes when they're available -- even if it means going out of their way and taking longer routes, according to a recent study from Portland State University.
October 16, 2008, 2pm PDT
As election day approaches in Honolulu, the Hawaiian capital's mayoral race has centered around transit. The incumbent has been pushing light rail, but now the challenger has unveiled a cheaper bus rapid transit system.
Honolulu Star-Bulletin