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Building infrastructure faster and without adequate study or time for community input may be good for developers, but it’s lousy for everyone else.

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Category Archives: Transport

May 25, 2017
Color Coded Map Shows London Speed Limits
City Metric

As ever, in times of darkness, I find myself turning for comfort to cartography. Specifically, on this occasion, it’s a map of London’s road network that’s caught my eye.

May 24, 2017
Nashville Mayor’s Action Agenda for Transportation
Nashville Tennessean

Fresh off announcing major plans for a new light rail system last month, Mayor Megan Barry is now highlighting much quicker fixes for Nashville’s traffic congestion, unveiling an “action agenda” Wednesday for transportation improvements over the next three years.

Colorado to Study Front Range Rail Line
Denver Post

Gov. John Hickenlooper this week signed into law a bill to explore building passenger rail service along the Front Range and the expansion of Amtrak’s Southwest Chief route through the state’s southeastern corner.

Trump Advisors Call for Privatizing Public Assets
Washington Post

The Trump administration, determined to overhaul and modernize the nation’s infrastructure, is drafting plans to privatize some public assets such as airports, bridges, highway rest stops and other facilities, according to top officials and advisers.

Caltrans Adopts Statewide Bike and Ped Policy
Streetsblog California

Caltrans released the final draft of its first-ever statewide bike and pedestrian plan today. Toward an Active California outlines the policies and measures that the state can take to help reach its goals of increasing bicycling and walking in California while reducing fatalities among bike riders and people walking.

Infrastructure’s Big Tent
Brookings Institute

Infrastructure is a big-tent sector. Employing more than 14.5 million workers and moving millions of people, goods, and ideas across the country, infrastructure is one of the rare policy sectors that touches every person, every day.

Rebuilding American Infrastructure
American Affairs Journal

When Donald Trump chose “Make America Great Again” as his campaign slogan, he put words to something Americans had increasingly come to see and feel. For many people, their personal lives and communities were no longer as great as they used to be, and they were looking for someone to set things right.

Does Purple Line Ruling Make Every Road Project Invalid?
Greater Greater Washington

Judge Richard Leon says an Environmental Impact Statement for the Purple Line is invalid because since it was prepared, Metro ridership has declined. By this reasoning, many have asked, isn’t every EIS for every road project equally invalid?

Receding Fantasy of Urban Transit at Your Door
Human Transit

Uber’s UberPool service, which attempts to gather multiple people on a single vehicle going the same way, is undergoing some tinkering that will make it even more like fixed route transit.

New York Introducing New System for Freight
Cities Today

Nick Michell spoke with Michael Replogle, Deputy Commissioner for Policy, New York City Department of Transportation, on the city’s plans to improve its freight system

May 23, 2017
In Reversal, Feds to Approve Caltrain Grant
San Jose Mercury News

In a stunning reversal, the Federal Transit Administration said Monday that it will approve a $647 million grant to electrify Caltrain tracks, nearly doubling capacity on the overburdened San Jose to San Francisco commute route.

Md. Governor Accuses Purple Line Judge of Conflict
Washington Post

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) has publicly criticized a federal judge weighing whether to allow the state to begin building the Purple Line, saying the judge is biased because of where he lives and his wife’s connection to a group that has opposed the light-rail project.

MBTA Pension Fund Needs $1B
Boston Globe

The MBTA Retirement Fund will need $1 billion in additional taxpayer funding over the next 18 years if it is to pay retirees as promised and remain solvent, according to a report the transit authority’s chief plans to present at a public meeting Monday.

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