Today’s Headlines

  • In Absence of Robust Funding, White House Renews Push For Infrastructure Bank (Transpo Nation)
  • HSR Proponents Fear Proposed Restrictions Would Spell Doom For Rail in San Francisco (Examiner)
  • Michael Dukakis: Raise the Gas Tax, Invest in Transportation (JOC)
  • Trafficwise, There’s Not Much Difference Between Seattle’s Proposed Tunnel and an Earthquake (Slog)
  • Bicycles Can Be Liberating, Even For the Most Oppressed (Grist)
  • DesertXpress Rail Between SoCal and Las Vegas Moves Forward (Sac Bee)
  • Conflict of Interest: Don’t Let Private Firms Decide What Gets Built and Then Build It (Ped Observations)
  • Light Rail Does Not Attract Crime (Journal of Urban Affairs)
  • The Millenials Speak: They Want a Carbon Tax, Not a Gas Tax, and More Money for HSR (Freakonomics)
  • Measure Gallons Per Mile, Not MPG (Maybe Minutes Per Mile, Too, Instead of MPH?) (Grist)
  • Shown How Little Urbanism Means to Most in DC, Urbanists Must Broaden the Tent (GGW)

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High-Speed Rail: Do We Have the Will?

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Tomorrow morning, I’m getting on a train from Washington, DC to New York. It’s going to take me almost three-and-a-half hours to get there. Sure, I could pay more for an Acela and get there in less than three hours. But why can’t it take 90 minutes? Yesterday, Amtrak unveiled a plan [PDF] to build […]

Today’s Headlines

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As Gas Prices Go Up, Obama’s Poll Numbers Slump (Politico) Meanwhile, Battle Brews Over Tax Breaks for Oil Companies (WSJ) Study: Suburbs Expanding on Both Ends (USA Today) Commute From Hell Comes Free with a House in the Burbs (Grist) In New Hampshire, Lawmakers Push Gas Gimmick (Concord Monitor) Poll: GOP Attack on Capital Bikeshare […]

Glaeser Takes an Unserious Look at High-Speed Rail

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Ed Glaeser is a very good economist, and his papers are indispensable reading for those interested in the workings of urban areas. But he is also a strident conservative, whose popular writings frequently challenge conventional progressive wisdom (and my own views). Harvard University economist Ed Glaeser (Photo: NPR) I was interested, then, to read that […]

Today’s Headlines

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It’s Really Over — NJ Gov. Christie Kills Nation’s Biggest Transit Project (NJ Star-Ledger) Consumer Spending on Transportation Fell More Dramatically than Other Spending in 2009 (NYT) Subsidized Sprawl Reversed in South Florida, Could Save the Everglades (NYT) Freight Rail, Republicans Standing in the Way of Recovery Act’s HSR Promise (Bloomberg) New Yorkers to Pay […]

Toward a Positive Argument for High-Speed Rail

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In recent weeks, I’ve been busily making what you might call a negative argument for high-speed rail — pointing out the many ways in which arguments against HSR are deficient. That’s all well and good, but positive cases for HSR need to be made, as well. Now, others have already begun to do this. California […]

Today’s Headlines

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Jim Oberstar Blames Crumbling Infrastructure (and Down Economy) on Political Partisanship (MinnPost) LaHood Defends Rail Security, Says Amtrak Already Has a List to Check “Peculiar” Names (HuffPo) GOP Is Getting Political Mileage Out of the Mileage Tax That Never Happened (The Hill) High Gas Prices = Less Sprawl + Safer Roads (Infrastructurist) High-Speed Rail Needs […]