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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

Tag Archives: Public Transit

August 21, 2017
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.

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.

August 20, 2017
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.

San Antonio Mayor Announces Housing Task Force
San Antonio Express-News

In a major policy speech Friday, Mayor Ron Nirenberg laid out his vision for San Antonio, unveiled a task force to address affordable housing and gentrification, and called for an expansion of mass transit while declaring that “San Antonio is open for business.”

August 17, 2017
August 16, 2017
Transit Projects Have to Make Impossible Ridership Predictions
Greater Greater Washington

New York’s elevated railroads brought transit to farmland and sparked development of a city. China still does this. But in the United States, today, transit projects are expected to bring massive ridership instantly or risk being shut down or criticized.

How the American Bus System Broke Down
The Week

The struggles of city buses are actually a microcosm for the full sweep of America’s economic dysfunction. And like many parts of the economy, it never truly recovered from the Great Recession.

Can Public Transit Define the 20-Minute City?

We make a vanishingly small percentage of short trips by public transport and it’s mostly because we prefer the alternatives for this sort of travel. Transit’s strengths lie elsewhere.

MARTA Ridership Declines After I-85 Reopening
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

When the I-85 bridge collapsed this spring, MARTA increased service and staffing to win over commuters forced off Atlanta highways and onto its trains.

Public Transport Key To Honoring Paris Agreement
The Hill

If you really want to do something about the climate, you can change your own transportation behavior to more clearly align with the goals set by your city, state and the 194 other countries that are honoring this Paris Agreement.

August 15, 2017
Why Does the Transportation Sector Ignore Students?
Eno Transportation Weekly

The largest mass transit system in the country isn’t commercial bus, train, or air service — or even all those systems combined. The largest mass transit system includes 500,000 vehicles and transports 25 million passengers daily and it is yellow.

Exploring Tokyo Urbanism
The Urbanist

The first thing that struck me about Tokyo: its transportation system was every bit as efficient as I had heard.

August 14, 2017
Austin’s Guadalupe Plan Still in the Works
Austin Monitor

The long-delayed report that will recommend giving two lanes of Austin’s iconic Drag entirely to buses is near the finish line, according to Austin Transportation Director Rob Spillar.

Private Transit: Q&A with WA’s Mark Hallenbeck
Seattle Transit Blog

ark Hallenbeck, director of the Washington State Transportation Center, sees a market for private transit but says these companies will not replace the need public transit fulfills.

August 13, 2017
The Possibilities and Challenges for Nashville’s Light Rail
The Tennessean

As Mayor Megan Barry’s administration pursues the first spoke of a light rail system in Nashville, a new report shows how the entire five-corridor network could work, what it might look like, and where Metro faces construction and right-of-way challenges.

Cities Nationwide Set Sights on Gondolas
New York Times

They would seem more at home in Austria or Switzerland, zipping up the side of the Alps. But suddenly, American cities from Albany to Austin, Tex., are pinning their hopes on, of all things, gondolas.

‘Geo-fencing’ Emissions Control Project Arranged for Leeds
Transport Engineer

Cenex and Leeds City Council are collaborating to institute real-time emissions control by using live air quality data to trigger electric hybrid engines to automatically switch to zero-emission running in heavily polluted areas.

BRT Could Fix Denver’s Colfax Avenue
Denver Post

Buses traversing east Denver on Colfax are frequently at capacity, and the congestion on one of the city’s busiest thoroughfares is only going to increase in the years to come. Could BRT be a plausible solution?

NJ Considers Bill to Refund Riders for Late Trains

The bill, introduced by Assemblyman Rob Clifton, R-Monmouth, would require NJ Transit to issue a free replacement ticket to any customer whose train arrives at its destination more than an hour late.

August 10, 2017
Can Congress Fix ‘New Starts’ Program Without Earmarks?
Eno Transportation Weekly

The impasse over New Starts has revealed a flaw in the way that Congress has chosen to fund it – and Congress may not be able to overcome the Administration’s dislike for the program without reversing its six-year-old ban on the “earmarking” of special projects.


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