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Tag Archives: Public Transit

April 17, 2017
Trump Budget Threatens Atlanta Transit
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

President Donald Trump’s proposed budget would deprive the Atlanta region of some $3 billion in future funding for expanding mass transit.

April 16, 2017
The Transit Riding Habit Can Last a Lifetime
Streetsblog U.S.A.

Millennials’ habits of using transit, developed over the past decade or so, can persist throughout life — but that on its own, this effect won’t generate a significant transit revival without improving service and building transit-oriented development.

April 13, 2017
WA Democrats All Vote Against Sound Transit
Seattle Transit Blog

In an apparent shocking apparent betrayal of their constituents who voted to pass Sound Transit 3, House Democrats voted unanimously for Engrossed House Bill 2201, which would effectively lower the ST3 portion of MVET bills from the 1994 valuation.

April 12, 2017
Inside Boston’s Bus Revamp
CityLab

Unlike Houston, which completely redrew bus routes across its sprawling grid all at once, the T will take a piece-by-piece approach on the city’s winding roads.

April 11, 2017
Think New York Transit Is Bad? Just Wait
New York Times

While the accidents in New York City themselves were minor, by closing down tracks, they provided a stark preview for what life could soon be like if we don’t follow through with critical investments to improve our infrastructure.

Seattle’s Transportation Transformation
Urban Land Institute

Today in Seattle, you can stand on Third Avenue between Pike and Pine streets, a few blocks from the convention center, and watch 200 buses an hour pass by during the peak. Light rail is being expanded both above and underground.

Why Transport Investments Need Economic, Environmental Goals
Tri-State Transportation Campaign

With two derailments at Penn Station in under two weeks, people are asking lots of questions: How did this happen? What could we have done differently? Do you really think we can handle all of these people on an already overcrowded PATH train?

Modern Tram and Public Transit Integration in China
Transportation Research Board

The International Transport Forum has released a report that explores the role of modern streetcars in Chinese cities, and identifies issues and challenges of integrating modern streetcars with other forms of public transit.

April 10, 2017
Who Owns Transit Data?
CityLab

Most U.S. cities share their transit information freely, which helps trip-planning services and boosts ridership. But most German cities don’t. Should they?

Enough With the Gondolamania Already
Streetsblog U.S.A.

Every week, it seems, there’s a new story about how gondolas are coming to rescue an American city’s transport network.

Transit is Made for Walking
TransitCenter

TransitCenter program analyst Zak Accuardi spoke to transit professionals about first and last mile connections on Remix’s sixth “Transit Talk” on March 21st (webinar recording here). This post adapts his prepared remarks.

The Long Road to Light Rail in the Twin Cities
Streets.mn

From the first expression of interest to the actual hauling of passengers, the gestation period for light rail transit in Minneapolis/Saint Paul turned out to be 44 years.

How Does Transport Shape Intrametropolitan Growth?
Journal of Regional Science (abstract)

This paper analyzes the influence of transportation infrastructure, and in particular of the Regional Express Rail (RER), on employment and population growth in the Paris metropolitan area between 1968 and 2010.

April 6, 2017
April 5, 2017
NYC Subway Ridership, 1975-2014
NYU Rudin Center for Transportation

Ridership on the New York City Subway has grown drastically in the last four decades, from 966 million in 1975 to 1.7 billion in 2015; at the Times Square subway station alone, rides increased by 29 million.

The Ins and Outs of Fare Gates
Daniel Bowen

Fare evasion is a drain on the public transport network. But sometimes the “tough on fare evasion” rhetoric isn’t matched by practical, non-confrontational approaches to reduce it.

April 4, 2017
Feds OK Boston Green Line Extension Costs
Boston Globe

The long-planned Green Line extension into Somerville and Medford cleared a crucial milestone on Tuesday with the approval of the new cost estimate for the $2.3-billion project that clears up uncertainty about when and if the project would move forward.

April 3, 2017
Can U.S. Cities Replicate Bogota’s World-Class BRT?
Greater Greater Washington

Bogota’s Bus Rapid Transit system, which opened in 2000, is one of the largest and most heavily used in the world. In fact, the United States government even looked at how to mimic it. Creating a high-quality BRT system here is possible— it’d just require quite a bit of political will.

As Bertha Nears the Finish Line, Could the Tunnel Serve Transit?
Seattle Transit Blog

It’s nearly done. Forget the questionable process by which it came about, the undeniable lost opportunity for transit investment instead, or the coming tax bill for litigation and overruns. Bertha will likely break through in the next few days.

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