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Tag Archives: Public Transit

June 7, 2017
June 6, 2017
Hillsborough Transit Agency Braces for Bus Overhaul
Tampa Bay Times

Pending public hearings and board review, the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority will roll out 34 routes in October, down from the existing 41. Some of the routes will be new, some will stay the same and others will be truncated, altered or combined.

Dutch Transport Official Reflects on SF Infrastructure
Streetsblog SF

Mark Sloothaak is a “Beleidsadviseur” (policy adviser) and urban transportation planner for the City of Amsterdam. But he’s currently taking a sabbatical in San Francisco “to see what’s going on over here in smart transportation and smart mobility”.

MD Replaces Transit Chief Amidst Purple Line Problems
Washington Post

Maryland’s transit chief has been replaced just as the state is trying to save its light-rail Purple Line project from a federal lawsuit and is preparing to launch a revamped bus system in Baltimore.

Nostalgia Can’t Stop A Smarter L.A.
Los Angeles Times

Despite the nostalgia for L.A.’s sprawling past, we were right to vote down Measure S, just as we are right to build up the Metro, and to try to coax Angelenos out of their cars.

June 5, 2017
Could More Park-and-Rides Boost Seattle’s Ridership?
Seattle Times

This week’s Q&A lays out a cost-benefit analysis by King County’s transit agency after one North Seattle reader expressed interest in the parking issue, asking if more space would increase the number of riders.

Performance-Based Planning and Programming For Transit
Federal Transit Administration

When implemented effectively, performance management can improve project and program delivery, inform investment decisions, focus staff on leadership priorities, and provide greater transparency and accountability.

June 1, 2017
Tampa To Launch Redesigned Bus System in 2017
Saint Petersblog

Last year, transit ridership decreased in almost every major city in the country, including Tampa and St. Petersburg. But these two cities are trying to turn that trend around.

May 31, 2017
Transit Can Help Salt Lake City Grow, If It’s Funded
Salt Lake Tribune

As a crowd of Wasatch Front officials listened, economist Juliette Tennert on Wednesday described trains and buses as vital to solve congestion and pollution as the area’s population will double in a few decades. But there’s a big problem.

May 30, 2017
After Judge Rules Against D.C.’s Purple Line, MD Pushes Back
WAMU

Federal Judge Richard Leon issued his final ruling on Maryland’s planned Purple Line light rail system this morning, and shortly afterward the state attorney general’s office said it would appeal his decision to toss out the project’s contested ridership estimates.

I Almost Worked for Hyperloop One
Pedestrian Observations

It was not my ideological opposition to working on Hyperloop that ostensibly prevented me from attaining the position – it was American immigration policy.

May 29, 2017
Europe’s Transit Future Is Driverless, Utilitarian
New York Times

The coming age of driverless cars has typically centered on Silicon Valley highfliers like Tesla, Uber and Google. But across Europe, fledgling driverless projects are instead focused on utilitarian self-driving vehicles for mass transit that barely exceed walking pace.

Video: Chuck Marohn On A Radically New Vision For American Transport
Strong Towns

In just 37 minutes, Strong Towns president Chuck Marohn summarizes the main problems with the current American transportation funding and development model, and explains how a better way forward is not only possible, but affordable and feasible for towns big and small.

Isochrone Mapping of Urban Transport
Planning Practice & Research (abstract)

Within a framework of complex adaptive systems and assemblage thinking we develop isochrone mapping of urban transport access in four transport modes: walking, cycling, public transport and cars.

Managing Extreme Weather at Bus Stops
Transportation Research Board

This report documents current practices of transit systems to determine methods and procedures used for maintaining transit stops and associated infrastructure during and following such weather events.

May 25, 2017
Visualizing L.A. Metro’s Ridership Data, 2009-2016
Lisa Schweitzer

About a week ago while I was gardening, it occurred to me: if we various transit nerds were seeing the same trend we are seeing for the past few years with LA’s Metro ridership, only labeled for VMT instead, we’d be declaring that the market for vehicle travel was saturated.

Attitudes Toward Transit-Oriented Development
Journal of Transport Geography (abstract)

The question addressed here is how, if at all, TOD and TOD-proximate residents’ perceptions of the benefits and shortcomings of TOD are perceived and addressed by professionals involved with TOD planning and development.

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