Today’s Headlines

  • Washington D.C.’s transit system is looking at a budget deficit even if it hikes fares (GGW)
  • Arizona officials acknowledge their state’s era of ‘roads before transit’ is over (AZ Rep)
  • Columbus, Ohio, helping private company bid for stimulus cash to build high-speed rail cars (Dayton DN)
  • The government agency that regulates transport of dangerous cargo has been co-opted by industry (AP)
  • Google developing its own solar power technology (Reuters)

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In a First, Seattle’s Metro Transit Will Be Funded By Carbon Offsets

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Here’s an interesting new type of revenue stream for transit. The King County Council, which encompasses the Seattle region, recently enacted legislation enabling Metro Transit to receive revenue from the sale of carbon offsets. Stephen Fesler at The Urbanist explains this noteworthy innovation: The initiative, called the Transit Carbon Offset Program, is an incredibly unique strategy […]

Without Transit, American Cities Would Take Up 37 Percent More Space

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Even if you never set foot on a bus or a train, chances are transit is saving you time and money. The most obvious reason is that transit keeps cars off the road, but the full explanation is both less intuitive and more profound: Transit shrinks distances between destinations, putting everything within closer reach. A new study published by the Transportation Research Board quantifies […]

It’s OK to Build Transit-Oriented Development Before Transit

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Which should come first: transit or transit-oriented development? Streetsblog San Francisco reported Monday that residents of Mountain View, California, are trying to figure out how to accommodate thousands of tech employees without overwhelming local transportation infrastructure. One-fourth of all workers in Mountain View travel to and from an office district that houses Google, LinkedIn, and […]