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Setbacks and Victories For Urbanism in Yesterday’s Mayoral Races

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Mayoral elections broke both ways for livability in American cities yesterday: The results of some may slow progress on transit and street safety, while one-midsized city elected an executive who campaigned strongly on light rail expansion and bikeability. The biggest story was Cincinnati’s mayoral race, where Queen City voters backed Democrat John Cranley by a […]

Connecticut’s New BRT Line Smashes Ridership Expectations

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March 30 marked the launch of CTfastrak, the 10-mile busway running between Hartford and New Britain that has all the ingredients of real bus rapid transit: exclusive lanes, off-board fare collection, level boarding, and multiple routes using the BRT infrastructure. Five weeks later, the line is living up to the hype. Students from the Central Connecticut State University are […]

Today’s Headlines

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Bill to Allow Atlanta ‘Burbs to Vote on MARTA Expansion Goes to Governor (AJC) NJ Lawmaker Wants to Ticket Pedestrians Who Text and Walk (NJ.com) Charleston to Begin “Test” Bike Lane Period on Important Bridge (Post & Courier) Study: Portland’s Proposed “Rapid Bus” Would Be Slower Than Existing Buses (OPB) Seattle Mayor: Young People Need […]

Today’s Headlines

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Obama Signs Trust Fund Patch Into Law (Transport Topics) Will a Republican Senate Get to Write Transportation Bill in May? Looks Like It (WaPo) Transportation Reform Champion Sen. Brian Schatz Likely to Eke Out Nomination (WaPo) Road Lobby’s Warning Against Fuel Economy Standards: It Will Lower Gas Tax Receipts (The Hill) WaPo‘s Courtland Milloy Goes […]

Today’s Headlines

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Obama Pledges Action on Climate Change in State of the Union (Grist) Shuster to Speak at “Let’s Rebuild America” Summit Today (The Hill) Outgoing LaHood Praises Obama’s Attention to Passenger Rail (Politico) Why LaHood Turned Out to Be the Right Pick After All (Reuters) Members Confirmed for Senate Transportation Subcommittee (Transpo Issues Daily) Mica Aims […]

Wins For Washington (State): Transport Bill Resolves Two Local Debates

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Tucked into the transportation spending bill that Congress approved over the weekend are two wins for Washington state’s senior senator, Patty Murray (D), who chairs the upper chamber’s transport budget-writing panel. Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) (Photo: Seattle Times) Murray’s first victory deals with Bush-era rules for charter buses that barred local transit agencies from providing […]