Today’s Headlines

  • Senate Panel Resurrects Transit Commuter Tax Parity (Business Insurance)
  • NYT Ethicist Gives the Thumbs-Up to Scofflaw Cycling
  • Adams Ad Targets Mica’s Work on Transportation Bill (The Hill)
  • Amtrak Honcho Gets Optimistic About High-Speed Rail in Transportation Nation Interview
  • WaPo: New Watchdog Must Restore Faith in Silver Lane
  • San Diego Leaders Explain Support for Bullet Train (U-T San Diego)
  • Bike-Sharing Expands in Boston (Boston.com)
  • Don’t Let High Density Fool You — Disconnected Development Is Still Sprawl (Switchboard)

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Today’s Headlines

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Potential Rail Shutdown Over Safety Tech Would Cost Economy $30B (The Hill) Maneuvering Continues on Transpo Bill as Deadline Nears (WSJ) California High-Speed Rail Could Survive a McCarthy-as-Speaker Scenario (Reuters) WaPo: DC Metro’s “Spectacular Failures” Have Warranted Federal Oversight If the Car’s Been Dethroned, What Next for Cities? (Chicago Trib) San Diego Wants Looser Rules for Affordable […]

San Diego Chooses Between Two Bicycle Boosters For Mayor

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The election is less than a week away. Americans have a choice between a) a president who has overseen notable transportation and land use innovations but failed to provide leadership when the national transportation bill could have been reformed, and b) a former governor who enacted a progressive, pro-smart-growth agenda but who has renounced those […]

Today’s Headlines

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Obama to Call for Shifting Transportation Away from Oil (WaPo) Why are Gas Taxes “Back in Fashion”? (Reuters) London’s New Bike Plan Takes Some Cues from Portland (Bike Portland) Shuster Sums Up Yesterday’s MAP-21 Hearing Rail Traffic = Humming Economy (Business Insider) Missouri Senate Passes 1-Cent Sales Tax for Transpo (AP) California Assembly Member Targets High-Speed […]

Are There Any Affordable Cities Left in America?

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Are Washington, San Francisco, and New York the most affordable American cities? A new report from the New York-based Citizen’s Budget Commission [PDF], which made the rounds at the Washington Post and CityLab, argues that if you consider the combined costs of housing and transportation, the answer is yes. But a closer look at the data casts […]

The Parking Deck vs. the Local Grocery

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Highlights from around the Streetsblog Network today: How Parking Minimums Can Erode Urban Livability: We know parking minimums eat away at the things that make cities work: density, engaging sidewalks, housing affordability. Today, Network blog Orphan Road offers a specific example of how these outdated regulations that subsidize car travel can come at a high […]

Anatomy of a Dangerous Intersection

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Streets designed to facilitate fast driving are not suitable for safe walking. Unfortunately, transportation engineers often don’t design for safety unless a catastrophic event triggers public outcry. Katie Matchett at Where the Sidewalk Starts says the city of San Diego is planning changes at one intersection in an area where motorists routinely hit and injure people, but only after […]