Today’s Headlines

  • Time Takes a Look at the Dark Side of Home Ownership
  • Does the Bay Area Have the Mettle to Do High-Speed Rail Right? (NYT)
  • Transit Crucial in This Rural Wisconsin Town (T4America)
  • Denver Starts Building Rail Link to Airport (USA Today)
  • BP Funded Study About Gulf’s Voracious Oil-Eating Bacteria (ProPublica)
  • Insurance Institute Lumps Distracted Driving Together With Other "Issues du Jour" (WSJ)
  • Inadequate Funding Dogs Michigan Mass Transit (DFP)
  • Advocates Call for Complete Streets In Kentucky (Public News Service)
  • Public Radio Scrutinizes I-95 in a Special Series (NPR

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American Transit Ridership Hits 57-Year High

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The last year transit ridership was this high in the United States, Dwight Eisenhower signed the Federal Aid Highway Act. Not since 1956, according to the American Public Transportation Association, have Americans logged as many transit trips as they did in 2013: 10.7 billion. It was the eighth year in a row that Americans have made […]

Streetfilms: Bill Lind, a Conservative Voice for Transit

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At last month’s Rail-Volution conference in Boston, Streetfilms was able to grab a few moments with William Lind, a politically conservative transit advocate. Lind aims to provide "liberal transit advocates" the language to build support for public transportation (okay, just rail) in terms that conservatives can relate to. Some of Lind’s arguments don’t reflect our […]

Talking Headways Podcast: What Is the Structure of Your City?

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At last month’s Rail~Volution conference I caught up with Houston Metro board member Christof Spieler. Hear from Christof about the progress on Houston’s bus reimagining and his tips for public engagement and transit system planning. We also discuss route alignments for bus and rail lines and the importance of good data when making decisions about transit systems.

Today’s Headlines

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NACTO to Release New Street Design Guide (Next American City) The Slow-But-Sure Progress of High-Speed Rail Across the U.S. (NBC News) Memphis Weighs Gas Tax to Fund Public Transpo (WREG) WaPo Is Pretty Impressed With New Metro Rail Car The Tennessean: Nashville’s Vitality Depends on Transit Growth The Pilot: Va. Beach Should Vote Yes to […]

Today’s Headlines

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Senate Caves, Transpo Bill With May Extension Heads to Obama (Politico, The Hill) California High-Speed Rail Clears Major Hurdle in Court (LAT) Minneapolis Plays Tricky Game in Projecting Light Rail Ridership (StarTrib) One Possibility for FBI Move: The Greenbelt, Maryland, Metro Site (GGW) Community Reinvestment Act Spreads to a Diverse Range of Projects (Governing) San […]

Bus vs. Rail: Transit’s Quiet Culture Clash?

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The question of running buses or building rail has preoccupied transit planners in many an American town, with Maryland’s Montgomery County being the latest locality to choose between trains and bus rapid transit (BRT), which tends to be the less expensive option. Bogota’s Transmilenio BRT has won praise for its roomy coaches and well-designed stations. […]