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Tag Archives: Public Transit

March 26, 2017
Nashvillians Back Transit Tax In 2-to-1 Margin
The Tennessean

Two-thirds of Nashvillians say they would be willing to pay more in sales tax to support improving public transit if given a vote in a public referendum, a new poll shows.

Should We Pay Commuters Not To Drive?
Wired

As dense cities struggle with packed roads and choking smog, officials are on the hunt for ways to get people out of cars and onto their feet, bikes, or public transit. One idea? Paying them off.

Density, Transit Could Save Denverites Thousands Annually
Streetsblog Denver

Denver is changing, and change is never easy. It’s understandable that the pressures of a growing city — where car ownership makes less sense and transit, walking, and biking start to take precedence on the streets — make some people uncomfortable.

March 23, 2017
YouTuber Tackles Inaccessibility In Quest Across NYC
Mashable

If you’re in New York City, you could get your hands on a coveted rainbow bagel pretty easily. But if you have a mobility-related disability, public transportation — and navigating a city overall — isn’t exactly bagel quest-friendly. Just ask Zach Anner.

D.C. Metro “Austerity” Budget Passes
WAMU

WMATA enters an era of austerity today as the transit authority’s board gave final approval to a “shared sacrifice” plan to close a projected $290 million shortfall in the system’s $1.8 billion operating budget.

What Can CA Learn From European HSR Hubs?
Railway Technology

San Francisco-based urban designer Luca Giaramidaro has travelled through many of Europe’s best high-speed rail hubs on a fact-finding mission to see what California can learn to support its own high-speed project.

Canada’s To Build World-Class Transit Over 10 Years
National Observer

The Trudeau Liberals are proposing to launch a new infrastructure bank, while spending over $50B on transit, housing and green infrastructure across Canada. But there’s a big catch: a big chunk of that money is spread out over a decade, and isn’t expected to be spent right away.

New Bus and Rail Systems: An International Review
Transport Reviews (abstract)

Cities worldwide are implementing modern transit systems to improve mobility in increasingly congested metro areas. Despite much research on the effects of such systems, a comparison of effects across transit modes and countries has not been studied comprehensively.

March 22, 2017
Lessons Learned at the Federal Transit Administration
Transportation for Massachusetts

After 15 years at the Federal Transit Administration, mostly as Director of Planning and Program Development in Region 1, I am moving on to pursue other opportunities and begin the next chapter of my career. Here’s a reflection on what this career has meant to me.

Bike-Share Plans Irk Oakland Disabilities Commissioners
Streetsblog S.F.

Members of Oakland’s “Mayor’s Commission on Persons with Disabilities” are miffed at Motivate and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission for planning Bay Area Bike Share without including bikes for disabled users.

Transit and Home Values
City Observatory

Homes with better transit access command higher prices, especially in cities with good transit.

March 21, 2017
Riding The Subway Not As Green As You Think
Wired

Say you’re a city, the wannabe green kind, full of citizens who want to sustain the planet. You’ve built public spaces full of plants and trees, you’ve installed rain barrels and helped homeowners get into solar. But would it have subways?

March 20, 2017
Bay Area Study: Fare Integration is Hard
Green Caltrain

In December, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission Technical Advisory Committee received the first presentation on recommendations of the Means-Based Fare study.

Sudden Policy Change Killed Boston’s Weekend Service
Dave's Framingham-Worcester MBTA Commuter Rail Blog

The current proposal to “suspend” weekend MBTA Commuter Rail service is the extreme endpoint of a game that has been played for many years with the finances of the MBTA.

Columbus Pilots Free Bus Passes To Ease Parking Shortage
Next City

The results were encouraging, with bus ridership among participants increasing from 6.4 percent to 12.2 percent. That’s good, especially considering citywide, only 3.6 percent of commuters take transit and 79 percent drive alone.

March 19, 2017
Why Seattle Spends Most Per Capita on Transit
Seattle Times

Even before the passage of Sound Transit 3, the Seattle area was spending more, per capita, on new transit projects than any city in the country, according to data compiled by the Federal Transit Administration. We take a look at why.

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