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Tag Archives: Public Transit

June 25, 2017
When Will Charlotte’s Streetcar Finally Spur Promised Development?
Charlotte Observer

Two years ago, Charlotte’s streetcar carried its first passengers and brought the hope that it would eventually spark new development in areas that had been overlooked, particularly near Johnson C. Smith University. But when will that finally happen?

Atlanta’s Fulton Co. Begins Transit Plan Meetings
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Public meetings are planned in the coming weeks in Fulton County outside Atlanta on a proposed countywide Transit Master Plan that officials say will address cities’ plans for the future, the potential role of transit and public needs and desires.

June 22, 2017
June 21, 2017
Driverless Shuttle Coming to University of Michigan
MLive

The University of Michigan’s North Campus already is noted as a hub of activity for driverless vehicles and technology development through Mcity, its 32-acre connected and automated vehicle test site.

The Benefits and Struggles of Central Florida’s Public Bus System
Orlando Weekly

Serving a population of 1.8 million in Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties, CFRTA provides more than 85,000 rides every weekday, for a total of 27 million passenger trips in fiscal year 2016. But riders and transportation advocates say rides to work or school can take hours.

“Captive” and “Choice”: The False Dichotomy of Transit
Greater Greater Washington

Agencies and officials often sort transit riders into two groups: “captive” and “choice.” This is a false dichotomy that perpetuates inaccurate assumptions about who rides transit and what their motivations might be.

June 19, 2017
MD Lawmakers Plan to Remake Metro, Let Jurisdictions Pay
Washington Post

Ten Maryland legislators are proposing a radical overhaul of Metro’s board and a flexible, equitably shared funding plan that would yield the $500 million in dedicated funding proposed by Metro General Manager Paul J. Wiedefeld.

June 18, 2017
Why the K Street Streetcar Will Succeed, if DC Builds It
Greater Greater Washington

If DC extends the streetcar west to downtown and Georgetown, it’s going to be more like light rail, much faster, and more reliable than the H St. line. It would be the linchpin for making streetcars in DC a success overall, and would become one of America’s best surface rail lines.

June 15, 2017
Relationship Between Public Transport and Innovative Mobility
Transportation Research Board

The International Transport Forum has released a report that investigates the convergence of public transit and mobility solutions, such as ride services, car- and bicycle-sharing, app-enabled on-demand micro-bus services, and platforms that connect travelers and drivers.

June 12, 2017
Chicago’s Youth Jobs Report Highlights Transit Need
Chicago Sun-Times

A new study finds that access to public transportation is key to addressing youth employment — and that there are fewer jobs for residents of the city’s South and West sides that are within walking distance or can be reached in half an hour on public transit.

New San Antonio Mayor To Focus on Transit, Affordable Housing
KUT

In the Alamo City, the mayor’s race ended in an upset, as an incumbent running for re-election was defeated for the first time in two decades. Ron Nirenberg has already begun planning his first 100 days in office, focusing on transportation and housing.

June 11, 2017
Las Vegas To Seek Funding For New LRT Line
Las Vegas Review Journal

Gov. Brian Sandoval gave the green light this week for officials to seek funding to build a light-rail line that could cost up to $705 million and carry passengers from McCarran International Airport to downtown Las Vegas as soon as 2023.

Madrid Taking Steps To End ‘Manspreading’
Miami Herald

The city of Madrid is launching a new public campaign aimed at ending one of the scourges of public transit: people who spread their legs out wide, invading others’ personal space.

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