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Tag Archives: Public Transit

May 1, 2017
Montréal’s Transit Expansion Sparks Environmental Concerns
railway-technology.com

Montréal’s plan to build the fourth-largest automated transportation system in the world right through the heart of the city has run into strong opposition, with doubts cast over its environmental impact and financial viability.

April 30, 2017
April 27, 2017
Trump Administration Proposes Cuts To Critical Transit Programs
U.S. PIRG

The Trump administration’s transportation priorities are becoming clearer and they are troubling. President Trump wants to build highways (and gut safety and environmental regulations) and seemingly plans to do so at the expense of public transit.

April 26, 2017
Nashville Mayor Commits To Rail, Initiates Public Funding Vote
The Tennessean

Mayor Megan Barry on Wednesday kicked off a legacy-defining campaign to urge voters to approve funding for a comprehensive transit system and committed to moving ahead with light rail on East Nashville’s Gallatin Pike as the first spoke of a $6 billion multi-decade regional effort.

A 1% Sales Tax Could Save D.C.’s Metro
Greater Greater Washington

If officials in the Washington region have any hope of fixing Metro, they must find dedicated funding for it, and soon, according to a new report presented today to the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments — $650 million a year worth.

Effectiveness of Transit Oriented Development in Reducing Car Use
Urban Policy & Research (abstract)

A transit oriented development (TOD) approach for Perth, Western Australia has been employed as one means of reducing car dependency. Planning for Subiaco Station precinct, one of the first Perth TOD precincts, commenced two decades ago. Has the project been effective?

April 25, 2017
Utah Transit Project Haunted By Past Scandals
Salt Lake Tribune

The Utah Transit Authority is attempting to pick its way through yet another public relations minefield, one involving key characters from past scandals, including a land giveaway worth $1.5 million to essentially make one of them go away.

New Idea For Fighting Silicon Valley Sprawl
Governing Magazine

Critics say suburban headquarters for companies like Apple and Google contribute to traffic and sprawl. The solution may lie in better connections to transit.

April 20, 2017
Study: Big Tech Companies Should Move Closer To Transit
San Francisco Chronicle

SPUR, a San Francisco planning and research organization, is pushing for other companies to follow in Box’s tracks. In a study released Thursday, it cites Box as a rare example of tech companies that have located near public transportation.

April 19, 2017
Montgomery Co.’s BRT Met With Skepticism, Praise
WTOP

As Montgomery County considers building a $21 million Bus Rapid Transit line on U.S. Route 29 from Burtonsville to Silver Spring, a recent public hearing had residents lining up to share their views on the proposal.

April 18, 2017
In The Smart City Race, We’re Betting On Transit
TechCrunch

A smart city is more than the sum of its parts. With a street light here, a sensor there — when solutions are not clearly connected and without critical mass — you don’t get the combinatorial benefit of different systems working together.

GA Democrat Demands Special Session for Transit
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Democratic state Sen. Elena Parent took the surprising step of urging Gov. Nathan Deal to call a special session to pass a “meaningful transit funding bill” in the wake of one too many highway debacles.

D.C. Metro Unveiling Plan To Save Itself
WTOP

Virginia’s transportation secretary said Tuesday that Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld is ready to release his plans for dedicated funding for the Metro system, and to deal with what Wiedefeld has called the agency’s unsustainable cost model.

Practices for Evaluating Transit’s Economic Impacts
Transportation Research Board

TRB’s TCRP Synthesis 128: Practices for Evaluating the Economic Impacts and Benefits of Transit provides state-of-the-practice information for transit agencies to help them in incorporating economic benefits and impacts into their decision-making processes,

April 17, 2017
Miami’s Infrastructure Woes Run Deep, Eyes Cultural Change
The Architects' Newspaper

Cars aren’t cheap, but what is the alternative in an auto-dependent city like Miami? Director of the Department of Transportation and Public Works for Miami-Dade County Alice Bravo says she wants to make Miami a “car-optional community”.

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