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Category Archives: Transport

April 27, 2017
Trump Administration Proposes Cuts To Critical Transit Programs

The Trump administration’s transportation priorities are becoming clearer and they are troubling. President Trump wants to build highways (and gut safety and environmental regulations) and seemingly plans to do so at the expense of public transit.

Government-Created Parking Externalities
Market Urbanism

In new research on parking policy, Jan Brueckner and Sofia Franco argue that residential developers should be required to provide more off-street parking in places where street parking contributes to traffic congestion. But this is all based on one crucial assumption.

Elon Musk’s First Tunnel Boring Machine

Elon Musk’s tunnel boring company still isn’t quite as well-articulated as his other three companies, but by far the punniest name, however, and now it also has some branded hardware — an industrial tunnel boring machine emblazoned with the company’s non-nonsense logo.

4 Big Problems With Flying Cars

When Billy Joel plays Madison Square Garden in New York City, he doesn’t drive. Instead, from his house on Long Island to Manhattan, he commutes by helicopter. In the future, Uber imagines a world where everybody gets to be Billy Joel.

Why We Must Plan The Driverless City
The Conversation

As with Uber and the taxi industry, public sector planners and regulators will be forced to respond to the anger of those displaced by the new products the IT and automobile industries will bring to the market. But can we afford to wait?

April 26, 2017
Portland Made Driving Miserable, Bikes Work Better Now
Willamette Week

Ever since scotching the Mount Hood Freeway, Portland has spent a solid 40 years making this a city built around pedestrians, trains and bicycles. Whatever your opinion of Portland’s broad strategy of city planning, we’re locked in at this point. Stop fighting. Give up. Roll with it.

Nashville Mayor Commits To Rail, Initiates Public Funding Vote
The Tennessean

Mayor Megan Barry on Wednesday kicked off a legacy-defining campaign to urge voters to approve funding for a comprehensive transit system and committed to moving ahead with light rail on East Nashville’s Gallatin Pike as the first spoke of a $6 billion multi-decade regional effort.

UK Government Announces Cycling Gamechanger
The Guardian

The new cycling and walking investment strategy is the first legislation of its kind to legally bind the government to long-term funding for cycling and walking provision.

Tampa Residents Look For Alternatives To FL Highway Plan
Next City

If some Tampa residents had their way, the city would join San Francisco, Portland and Seoul in the burgeoning trend of highway teardowns. Whether they will have their way depends largely on Florida — and state DOTs don’t have the best record of listening to cities about freeways.

CA Finalizing Rules For Driverless Cars
Sacramento Bee

Cars with no one in them may be cruising downtown Sacramento streets as early as the end of this year if city and state motor vehicle officials have their way.

A 1% Sales Tax Could Save D.C.’s Metro
Greater Greater Washington

If officials in the Washington region have any hope of fixing Metro, they must find dedicated funding for it, and soon, according to a new report presented today to the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments — $650 million a year worth.

Stop Calling Them Flying Cars
The Verge

We need to stop calling these things “flying cars.” There is no such thing as flying cars. And I say this as someone guilty of taking this rhetorical shortcut myself. But I’m not sure quotation marks are enough anymore.

April 25, 2017
Uber’s C.E.O. Plays With Fire
New York Times

Travis Kalanick’s drive to win in life has led to a pattern of risk-taking that has at times put his ride-hailing company on the brink of implosion.

£14B of UK Benefits Could Come From Use of Better Transport Data
Transportation Research & Innovation Portal

Fears around cyber security, lack of data literacy skills and a legacy of viewing transport modes such as rail and road in isolation are restricting the free flow of information, preventing the UK from unlocking the full potential of its transport network.

Bike-Share as a Speculative Venture
Streetsblog N.Y.C.

The arrival of VC-backed bike-share companies raises all sorts of questions about whether they will improve or hinder access to biking in the long run.


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