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Tag Archives: Public Transit

May 15, 2017
May 11, 2017
Why Doesn’t Minnesota Scrutinze Roads Like Transit?
Streets.mn

The “Minnesotan” way to fund transportation is not to exclude Minnesotans from having options on how they get around. Maybe that option isn’t more light rail, but it shouldn’t mean we should siphon our general funds for expanding roads.

May 10, 2017
Bike Share Could Return to Seattle Sooner Than You Thought
Seattle Magazine

If at first you don’t succeed, try again with someone else’s money. Maybe that’s not how your kindergarten teacher put it, but it seems to be the city’s approach toward bringing bike share back to Seattle.

Why We Need To Investment in Electric Buses
Huffington Post

Just days ago, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti sent a letter to the leaders of L.A.’s transit agency, L.A. Metro, urging them to transition to 100 percent electric buses by 2030. Now it’s up to the leaders of L.A. Metro to decide if they will make this important commitment.

May 9, 2017
Hollywood Sign Gondola Pondered
Los Angeles Magazine

So we’re all sad that the Beachwood Drive access to the Hollywood sign is closed because it means we have to take the long way around, and that involves a decent quad workout, which sounds hard. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

New Transit App Launching Smart Buses in London
Curbed

Since launching in 2012, the transit app Citymapper has improved the bus riding experience just by letting users know how long they’ll be waiting at the bus stop. Now, Citymapper is using its data to build what they claim will be the world’s best bus system.

Transit and Land Use Changes in Danang, Vietnam
Cities (abstract)

The development of an arterial road named the Nguyen Tat Thanh Road along the Danang Bay in Vietnam shows how changes in mobility can influence the transformation of the urban landscape in a formerly residential neighborhood.

May 8, 2017
Charlotte Wants To Plan For New Light Rail Lines
Charlotte Observer

Charlotte’s transit service already has a bold plan for a $6 billion expanded transit system that would take residents to the airport, Lake Norman and Matthews. Potential consultants for part of the project take that even further.

May 7, 2017
Detroit Should Celebrate Its Light Rail, Push For More
Detroit Free Press

The debut of the M-1 streetcar line, set for Friday, reminds us at once of everything that’s wrong, and everything that could be right, in our 40-year history of losing efforts to bring rational transit to our area.

Milwaukee Co. May See Transit Cuts As Wheel Tax Eliminated
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Severe and immediate cuts in bus transit services and sharp increases in bus fares would be necessary to repair a $7 million hole in this year’s Milwaukee County budget if a state tax plan proposed by Assembly Republicans is included in the next state budget, county officials said.

Tampa Bay Transit Bill Heads To Florida Governor
Tampa Bay Times

The Florida House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill Wednesday that will reshape the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority. The Florida Senate passed its version last week, and the bill awaits Gov. Rick Scott’s signature.

CDC Recommends Active Transport-Land Use Policy
Smart Growth America

The recommendations stem from the Community Preventive Services Task Force, an independent panel of 15 public health and medical experts appointed by the CDC Director with the objective of identifying evidence-based interventions to improve health and quality of life.

BART Issuing Green Bonds For Rail Infrastructure
Progressive Railroading

For BART, the $300 million generated through the bond sale will be used to replace track, repair tunnels, rehab stations and improve BART’s train control system. The efforts are expected to enable the agency to run safer and more frequent service.

17 Years of Metro-Induced Gentrification in Taipei
Cities (abstract)

The present study explores the relationship between metro systems and gentrification in Taipei; it particularly tests whether access to metro stations induces gentrification, metro-induced gentrification occurs in, and differs between in both inner and outer city areas.

May 4, 2017
TfL Tests New Color-Coded Bus System
Design Week

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced the new trial in east London, which will see routes given specific colours that will also be applied to signage and buses.

Only 6 Cities Deserve Rail Funding, According To Renn
Streetsblog USA

The problem is that, by ignoring the way many of those “legacy cities” got their rail systems in the first place, Renn’s proposal would cut off transit’s nose to spite its face, and needlessly condemn American cities to car dependence in the process.

May 3, 2017
90% of Americans See Benefits of Transit
Mobility Lab

The main reasons cited for using public transportation are money savings, avoiding traffic, convenience, and relaxing and being productive. The poll, from HNTB Corp., also has some interesting findings on whether people will use autonomous vehicles.

May 2, 2017
Columbus Launches Redesigned Bus Network
Streetsblog USA

This week, Columbus, Ohio, became the latest city to flip the switch on a redesigned bus network, changing a decades-old route map in a bid to jump-start flagging ridership. The updated routes bring huge numbers of people and jobs within closer reach of frequent transit service.

May 1, 2017
NYC Council Wants To Cure Transit Deserts
Next City

Given the astronomical cost of new subway lines — phase one of the Second Avenue Subway extension cost about $2 billion per mile — improving bus service will likely be key to solving New York’s transit access problems.

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