Today’s Headlines

  • Snow Brings Freight, Passenger Transportation to a Halt in Chicago (Sun-Times, Beacon-News)
  • Is the Chamber of Commerce’s Push for Infrastructure Investment All Talk? (HuffPo)
  • Colorado Lawmakers Soundly Reject Proposal to Redirect Transit Money to Roads (Bloomberg)
  • Ed Glaeser Talks Cities With Grist
  • Portland City Official Pushes to Implement Bicycle Signaling Statewide (BikePortland)
  • Former PA Gov. Ed Rendell Hired to Advise on Private Infrastructure Investment (Fortune)
  • When “On Time” = Five Minutes Late: A Look Inside A Transit Agency’s Time Log (Baltimore Sun)
  • Native Hawaiians Sue Honolulu Over Plan to Build Transit Line Over Ancient Burial Grounds (KPUA)
  • A “Black Box” App For Bicycles (ETA)
  • TOD Residents Revolt Against Planned Transit Line the Whole Community Was Designed Around (GOOD)
  • “Transit-oriented” or “transit-ready” may not mean squat if the transit isn’t fully committed.

    Bingo. If you let people move in when there’s lots of car infrastructure and not much transit, they’ll build their lives around driving, and complain if they are then expected to reorient them around transit.

    Now we know how well Torti Gallas and Partners are at thinking things through beyond the buzzwords.

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