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Tag Archives: Public Transit

July 28, 2014
On Robert Steuteville’s Defense of Slower-Than-Walking Transit
Human Transit

I don’t have time to respond to everything that gets published on transit, but Robert Steuteville’s must-read piece today on the Congress for the New Urbanism blog, which explains why we should invest in transit that’s slower than walking, certainly deserves a response.

Measuring NY Traffic By People, Not Cars
Streetsblog NYC

Earlier this week, BuzzFeed gleaned some fun facts about the Hudson River bridges and tunnels from a Port Authority data dump on the number of eastbound automobiles, buses, and trucks.

Commuter Rail Can Be As Effective As Rapid Transit
The Transport Politic

In North America, “commuter rail” has come to mean something very specific: Large, heavy trains operating almost entirely at peak, providing services to downtown in the morning and away from it at night along corridors that extend into the suburbs.

July 27, 2014
DC Region’s Metro Silver Line Opens
The Washington Post

Fifty years in the planning, more than five years in construction and $150 million over budget, the most expensive transportation project in the Washington region’s history rolled down 11.7 miles of new track Saturday.

Mass Transit Should Be Free
Salon

Thought it might seem counterintuitive, city governments have much to gain by letting riders off the hook

All About Detroit’s M-1 Rail Streetcar
Next City

Detroit has long been the city where rail transit plans go to die. That’s about to change: On July 28th, work begins on a new, three-mile-long modern streetcar line along Woodward Avenue, connecting the riverfront, downtown and the New Center-Midtown area. It’s not your run-of-the-mill modern streetcar, however.

July 25, 2014
LA MTA Approves Study To Convert Metro Orange Line To Light Rail
Los Angeles Daily News

Calling the San Fernando Valley one of the most underserved areas in the county for public transit, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board on Thursday authorized a study on changing the Orange Line busway into a light-rail system.

July 23, 2014
Sprawl And Bad Transit Remove Opportunities From the Poor
Vox

Everyone likes the idea of the American Dream — that everyone has the opportunity to work hard and get ahead. And everyone likes the idea of being able to get around town as quickly as possible — no one likes traffic.

Transit Inspiration From Vienna and Berlin
MZ Strategies

I just returned from 2 weeks in Europe, which always provides lots of inspiration to me as an urban planner, yet this time I noticed that in many ways great US and European cities are having more in common.

July 22, 2014
SF and LA: Two Different Visions In Transit Planning
City Watch LA

In San Francisco, a bus project over a decade in the making finally receives its massive environmental impact report. In Los Angeles, the mayor announces his first executive directive, launching a “Great Streets” program.

Regional Transit Needs to Be Faster
The Transport Politic

Residents of the Twin Cities greeted the opening of the new Green Line light rail link last month with joy and excitement, finally able to take advantage of a train connection between downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul.

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