Today’s Headlines

  • NYT Editorial: The Senate Gets the Importance of Transpo Bill, House Does Not
  • AAA Estimate of the Cost of Car Ownership Up 1.9% From Last Year
  • “I’ve Got No Grease”: Boehner Complains About Difficulty of Legislating Without Earmarks (Politico)
  • Whose Job Is It to Solve the Distracted Driving Problem? (USA Today)
  • Romney Wants Credit For the Auto Bailout, Even Though He Lobbied Against It (Hill)
  • Are the Suburbs Really Safer? A Look at Murders and Traffic Deaths (Planetizen)
  • Mass Transit Is Critical to Relieve Congestion in Manhattan… Kansas (Leesville Daily Leader)
  • A Bike Helmet For the Very Vain (BusinessWeek)
  • Win $2,600 and a Trip to Germany For Your Innovative Urban Design Plan (YouCity)
  • ICYMI: The Onion‘s Transit Issue


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 […]