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HUD has tried to paint a picture nationwide that they are out there providing all the money and tools and administrative context, and the local agencies just aren’t getting it done.That’s sort of the perception they’ll try to sell to you, and I don’t think that’s accurate.

Richmond CA Mayor Tom Butt, San Francisco Chronicle

Category Archives: Transport

August 22, 2017
Speed Bumps Hit a Roadblock in Anchorage

In 2016, a change in fire codes gave the fire marshal new authority over speed bumps, which are especially hard on big, fast-moving trucks — and the occupants inside.

Stockton Will Have First Electric BRT Route in the U.S.
Next City

2016 may have ushered in the age of the all-electric bus, as Jen Kinney wrote for Next City last year. If Stockton, California, is any indication, however, 2017 might just usher in the age of the all-electric BRT line.

August 21, 2017
AVs and Real Estate: Potential Impacts

We have gotten a number of questions about how AVs could be affecting real estate and thought it would be good to do a post that covers some of this. Here is a brief list of issues to consider.

MD Getting $900M in Federal Funds for Purple Line
Washington Post

Maryland’s Purple Line will receive a $900 million federal full funding agreement from the Trump administration, officials said Monday, a critical step forward for the oft-delayed project.

Cuomo, NYC Gear Up for Congestion Pricing Reboot
Second Avenue Sagas

As the mayor and the governor square off over transit funding, some form of a traffic pricing plan seems to be back on the table. It’s a reboot, baby, and this time, our mayor is the villain.

Jakarta, the City Where Nobody Wants to Walk
New York Times

Jakarta, an urban sprawl of approximately 10 million people, with a metropolitan region of about 30 million, is the poster child of the nation’s walking woes. Only 7 percent of the capital’s 4,500 miles of road have sidewalks, according to local government data.

Boston’s North Station Should Be Dumped
The Amateur Planner

I am going to touch on a mistake that everyone makes when they talk about the NSRL: the inclusion of North Station. I don’t think North Station belongs in the North-South Rail Link, because North Station is not now—nor has it ever been—in the right location.

How Much Off-Street Parking Costs for Philly Housing

Drexel University economist Kevin Gillen conducted a study for brokerage firm Houwzer, which tries to put a dollar amount on how greatly Philadelphians value parking and how that value differs across neighborhood and housing type.

Regulators Back Uber’s Sydney Flying Vehicle Trials
Australian Financial Review

Regulatory bodies are getting behind a potential move by Uber to trial flying vehicles in Sydney in 2023, with the NSW state government and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) willing to work with the tech company to make it a reality.

Teachers Leave Behind Commuting Alone
Mobility Lab

While Safe Routes to School and other organizations have long worked to improve the rates of students returning to the days of active transportation to school, Arlington Transportation Partners is the wing of the county government that is taking the ideal one step further.

August 20, 2017
Self-Driving Truck Designed to Get Hit

This vehicle is designed to crash. That’s how it saves lives. It’s an autonomous impact protection vehicle, which you probably know as one of those weird trucks with a big orange or yellow bumper on the back.

Shreveport Endorses Urban Freeway Through Neighborhoods
Shreveport Times

Local planners and politicians on Friday chose a route through Shreveport’s Allendale neighborhood as their favored route for a new I-49 connector, prompting an angry response from Allendale advocates.

Why Are Trader Joe’s Parking Lots so Small?
89.3 KPCC

While Trader Joe’s might be famous for things like Speculoos Cookie Butter and the pun-tastic Fearless Flyer, there is something special about it that many of us love to hate – the crowded, small parking lots.

Southwest LRT Passes Milestones, But Gets a Wall

The Metro Transit staff that has been holding the Southwest Light Rail Transit project together through years of problems passed two major milestones this week. And yet, what most people want to talk about is a wall. A really big wall.


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