Today’s Headlines

  • D.C. Metro Ridership Down 9 Percent From Last Year, and the Pain Is Not Over (WTOP)
  • Shreveport, Louisiana, Urban Highway Would Displace Poor Residents (Strong Towns)
  • Same Man Kills Two Pedestrians in Waco, Texas, in 17 Months; Police Blame Pedestrians (KVIA)
  • North Carolina Gov Asks Trump to Fund Rail Connections (Next City)
  • Charlotte Transit Chief Wants $6 Billion Light Rail Expansion (Charlotte Agenda)
  • Charlotte to Add a Protected Bike Lane (Charlotte Five)
  • Iowa Bill Would Require Drivers to Change Lanes When Passing a Cyclist (Des Moines Register)
  • “Free Market” Texas Lawmakers Try to Stop Private Dallas-Houston High-Speed Rail (Houston Chronicle)
  • Forbes Lists Its Best Places to Retire Without a Car
Siting stores and other destinations within walking distance of where people live is one of the most powerful ways to reduce car traffic. Photo: Eric Fischer/Flickr

A Six-Point Plan to Cut Traffic

If we're going to create a safer transportation system, we're going to have to drive less, and a new study of travel and development patterns in Massachusetts sheds light on what can be done to cut down on traffic. Here are the six factors researchers identified that affect the amount people drive.

Today’s Headlines

  • Trump Administration Deals a Blow to Caltrain Electrification (SF Chronicle)
  • Will Trump Punish Sanctuary Cities By Withholding Funds for Transportation Projects? (Politico)
  • Instead of “Climate Change,” FHWA Now Refers to “Resilience” (WaPo)
  • New York Times Profiles Denver’s Backward Plan to Widen an Urban Highway
  • Nebraska Senator Deb Fisscher Wants to Fund Transportation With Border Fees (Washington Examiner)
  • Surge of Pedestrian Deaths in Chicago Shows No Signs of Slowing (DNAinfo)
  • Bike Lane Vigilante Targets Philly’s Illegal Parkers (Philly Voice)
  • GOP Lawmakers Trying to Divert Twin Cities Light Rail Money to Roads and Bridges (Star Tribune)
  • WA Lawmakers Want to Revive Boondoggle Megahighway Bridge Outside Portland (Planetizen)

Talking Headways Podcast: Can All Cities Be Great?

The guest this episode is Alexander Garvin, author of the recently released book What Makes a Great City. We chat about why people are an important factor in building cities and taking pictures; Houston’s Post Oak Boulevard is going to show up Chicago, San Francisco, and New York’s best streets; and Alexander’s heroes, from Edmund Bacon to Haussmann to Robert Moses.

Today’s Headlines

  • Congress Steps in to Kickstart DC Metro Safety Commission (WTOP)
  • Slate: If Chao Slashes Bay Area Rail Funds, We’ll Know She’s Politicizing Transpo
  • No Need to Demonize Driving, Just Stop Subsidizing It (CityLab)
  • Killing a Regional Transit Board Could Save Twin Cities Transit (MinnPost)
  • NJ Dems Introduce Train Audit Bill in Response to Deadly Crash (The Hill)
  • To Speed Up Buses, Let People Use All the Doors (GGW)
  • Will the Highway By Trenton’s Waterfront Stay or Go? (Next City)
  • Cleveland Moves Closer to Reopening Public Square to Buses (Plain Dealer)

America’s Traffic Death Toll Is a National Disgrace

More than 40,000 Americans were killed in traffic last year, according to new estimates from the National Safety Council, the worst toll in a decade. The U.S. transportation system claims far more lives each year than peer countries. If America achieved the same fatality rate as the UK, more than 30,000 lives would be saved each year.
Chicago's Loop Link. Photo: Metropolitan Planning Council

Introducing a New Streetsblog Series: Getting Transit Right

With more American cities raising impressive sums to expand transit, the question of how to invest effectively is increasingly essential. So far, few places have hit on a policy combination that makes transit more useful to more people. To help cities "get transit right," Streetsblog is launching a new series about which transit strategies are working and which are not.

Today’s Headlines

  • More Than 40,000 People Were Killed in Traffic in the U.S. Last Year, a 6 Percent Increase (NYT)
  • …Washington State Bucks the Trend (Seattle Times)
  • World Bank Releases New Tool for Measuring “Accessibility” (Brookings)
  • Study: Drivers Less Likely to Stop for People of Color in Crosswalks (NPR)
  • South Carolina Withholding Custody of Four-Year-Old Boy Until Parents Get a Car (WCIV)
  • Dutch Town Adds LED Crosswalks (Engadget)
  • Baltimore City Councilman Wants to More than Double Fine for Parking in the Bike Lane (Baltimore Sun)
  • States Giving Localities Less Aid Since the Recession (Governing)
  • Construction Has Started on New Haven’s Highway Teardown (Revitalization News)
At Bourg-la-Reine, outside Paris, the rail station is surrounded by dense, mixed-use development and walkable streets. Image: Google Maps

What American Commuter Rail Can Learn From Paris, Part 2

In Europe it's common for regional rail systems to get ridership comparable to that of the subway in the central city. But in America, this is unheard of. One reason for the discrepancy is land use: American commuter rail stations are typically surrounded by parking, while in the Paris region you see a different pattern with ample development next to suburban train stations.
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