Today’s Headlines

  • Sea Levels Could Rise Three Feet This Century (NYT)
  • Amtrak ARC Replacement Talks Grind to a Halt (Reuters)
  • Rand Paul Revives Gulf Oil Spill Blame Game (The Hill)
  • Deficit Proposal Puts Gas Tax Back in the Mix (CSP)
  • Ohio, Wisconsin, Florida Govs May All Refuse Federal Rail Money (NPR)
  • A Look at the Commuters of Tomorrow (Des Moines Register)
  • How to Make Transit Work in the Most Car-Centric of Cities (AIA)
  • Cabs: The Wild West of Transit Regulation (Desert Sun)
  • Should Seniors Ride Transit Free of Charge? (Tribune)
  • Study: Drowsy Driving Common and Deadly (News & Messenger)
  • Capital Bikeshare Q & A (SmartPlanet)


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

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

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

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 […]