Today’s Headlines

  • Derrick Jackson: Boston Needs to Muster the Will to Adopt Congestion Pricing (Globe)
  • U.S. Auto Industry Predicts Return to Pre-Crash Size By 2016 (NYT Mag)
  • After T-SPLOST Defeat, Georgia Gov Focuses on Interchange Project, Rules Out New Rail Funding (AJC)
  • This Fall, Houstonians Can Vote to Actually Spend All Transit Tax Dollars on Transit (Texas Watchdog)
  • When Transit Taxes Don’t Buy Everything That Was Promised — Lessons From Miami (TransportPolitic)
  • There’s a Growing Number of Young Couples in Search of Walkability in the Twin Cities (Star Trib)
  • With Drivers Feeling More Pain at Pump, GOP Revives Fantasy That Obama Controls Gas Prices (Hill)
  • Central Ohio Finds Money to Expand Transit Service Now That New Casinos Are Opening (AP)


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 […]

New Jersey Transit Village Program Continues to Grow

Image: Town of Somerville The holy grail for many urbanists contemplating long-term development and growth trends is the transit village. Adding growth adjacent to functional transit has the benefit of making it easier for the new population there to drive less and use transit for a multitude of trips. Likewise, transit villages can add to […]
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.