Today’s Headlines

  • Reid: Dilly Dally Now, Work the Weekend (The Hill)
  • Three Possible Outcomes For Transportation Negotiations (Trans Issues Daily)
  • Why All the Hoopla for a “Milk-Toast Two-Year Bill”? (National Journal)
  • At Rio, Development Banks Commit to Major Lending Program for Sustainable Transport (Dot Earth)
  • The Economist: Sprawl Is Inevitable; Resistance Is Futile
  • Feds Reimburse Wisconsin For Money Spent on High-Speed Rail Plan (WAOW)
  • Do Cars and Buses Win Over Trains in Energy Efficiency? (Hawaii Reporter)
  • Even With a Deal Supposedly on the Horizon, Keystone Remains Sticking Point (Reuters)
  • The World: Don’t Change Oregon’s “Elegant” and “Exquisite” Gas Tax to VMT Fee



Talking Headways Podcast: Can All Cities Be Great?

The guest this episode is Alexander Garvin, author of the recently released book What Makes a Great City. We chat about why people are an important factor in building cities and taking pictures; Houston’s Post Oak Boulevard is going to show up Chicago, San Francisco, and New York’s best streets; and Alexander’s heroes, from Edmund Bacon to Haussmann to Robert Moses.

Today’s Headlines

Congress Steps in to Kickstart DC Metro Safety Commission (WTOP) Slate: If Chao Slashes Bay Area Rail Funds, We’ll Know She’s Politicizing Transpo No Need to Demonize Driving, Just Stop Subsidizing It (CityLab) Killing a Regional Transit Board Could Save Twin Cities Transit (MinnPost) NJ Dems Introduce Train Audit Bill in Response to Deadly Crash (The […]

America’s Traffic Death Toll Is a National Disgrace

More than 40,000 Americans were killed in traffic last year, according to new estimates from the National Safety Council, the worst toll in a decade. The U.S. transportation system claims far more lives each year than peer countries. If America achieved the same fatality rate as the UK, more than 30,000 lives would be saved each year.
Chicago's Loop Link. Photo: Metropolitan Planning Council

Introducing a New Streetsblog Series: Getting Transit Right

With more American cities raising impressive sums to expand transit, the question of how to invest effectively is increasingly essential. So far, few places have hit on a policy combination that makes transit more useful to more people. To help cities "get transit right," Streetsblog is launching a new series about which transit strategies are working and which are not.