Today’s Headlines

  • Highways Get $363 Million from DOT (Transpo Nation)
  • Mica: Amtrak’s Gotta Stop Losing Money on Food & Drink (The Hill, Bloomberg)
  • Aug 13 Webinar: What Can MAP-21 Do For Cycling and Walking?
  • Why Are Bike Advocates Angry at Olympic Cyclist’s Call for Helmets? (Treehugger)
  • Former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin Blogs About T-SPLOST Defeat
  • When Congestion Is a Sign of a Good Street (Planetizen)
  • Houston MTA Sets Up for Big Transit Decision (Houston Chronicle)
  • “Dump the Pump” Campaign in San Diego Gives Out Free Transit Tickets (SanDiego6.com)
  • Improving Public Transit Apps (ClickZ)

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Transit in Houston could be getting a dramatic makeover, covering a much greater area and significantly boosting ridership — and running it won’t cost any more than running the current system. Houston’s Metro transit teamed up with TEI, a Houston-based transportation planning firm, and transit consultant Jarrett Walker, who blogs at Human Transit, for an overhaul […]

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Transit in Houston could be getting a dramatic makeover, covering a much greater area and significantly boosting ridership — and running it won’t cost any more than running the current system. Houston’s Metro transit teamed up with TEI, a Houston-based transportation planning firm, and transit consultant Jarrett Walker, who blogs at Human Transit, for an overhaul […]

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Houstonians See Folly of Debt-Financed Sprawl, Even If Leaders Don't

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Voters in Montgomery County, Texas, rejected a road-building bond referendum. Despite local support for transit, county leaders plan to give the referendum another try. The Houston Chronicle reports that opposition to a $350 million bond measure, all of it for road construction, was led by residents of one affluent enclave who don’t want a traffic-inducing parkway extension. But there’s […]

Houstonians See Folly of Debt-Financed Sprawl, Even If Leaders Don’t

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Voters in Montgomery County, Texas, rejected a road-building bond referendum. Despite local support for transit, county leaders plan to give the referendum another try. The Houston Chronicle reports that opposition to a $350 million bond measure, all of it for road construction, was led by residents of one affluent enclave who don’t want a traffic-inducing parkway extension. But there’s […]

Is Houston Serious About Becoming a Multi-Modal City?

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