Today’s Headlines

  • Five Experts Weigh In On Whether Tolls Should Pay For Transit (NYT)
  • Former MD Gov. Glendening Wishes Romney Would Would Follow His Own Example  (Baltimore Sun)
  • Where the Candidates Stand on Infrastructure and Why It Matters (AP)
  • More Bikes Than Cars Sold In Italy For The First Time Since WWII (Business Insider)
  • This Bike League Infographic Shows How Bicycling Means Big Bucks For Cities (FastCoExist)
  • Add This Seattle Train Ad to Our List of Favorite Transit Music Videos (Good)
  • Chicago Applies For TIFIA Loan For Riverwalk That Connects to Downtown (BizJournal)
  • Privatize MARTA? Pro/Con (AJC)
  • How to Talk to Your Parents About When to Stop Driving (NPR)
  • Why Your Local Coffeeshop Is Healthier For Your City Than Starbucks (RPUS)
  • Gas $4.67? “I Think I’ll Take the Train,” Say Many Californians (KPCC)
  • How Recreational Cycling Can Promote Bike Friendliness That Helps Commuters (Bacon’s Rebellion)
  • Another Contribution to the Raging Debate Over Bicycle Helmets (North Bay Nugget)

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Going the Last Mile by Bike

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This newer style bike rack on AC Transit in Oakland, California, can carry three bikes rather than two. (Photo: AC Transit.org via Flickr) There’s a great discussion going on over at Jarrett Walker’s Human Transit blog about how to integrate cycling with transit to solve the persistent "last mile" problem. It’s one of the biggest […]
Photo: Chris Yarzab/Flickr

Why Is Transit Ridership Falling?

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Transit ridership took a turn for the worse in 2016. In all but a handful of cities, fewer people rode trains and buses, and it's not just a one-year blip, either. In many American cities, the drop in transit ridership is an established trend. The big question is why.

The Hidden Costs of Living Far From Work

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Everyone knows the cost of their mortgage or rent. But, quickly, what exactly is the cost of your commute? Maybe you could say how much you spend on gas or transit passes. But for drivers, especially, the total tab for maintenance, insurance and depreciation can be hard to pinpoint. Transportation costs can have an enormous […]

Is Your City Making Full Use of Existing Transit Investments?

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Chicago’s rail transit infrastructure has a lot of unused capacity, Yonah Freemark wrote last week on the blog of the Metropolitan Planning Council, and making use of it might be cheaper and easier than expanding the system. Some of Chicago’s most transit-accessible neighborhoods are barely growing, but rents are rising fast, Freemark reported, an indication that […]

Is Your City Making Full Use of Existing Transit Investments?

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Chicago’s rail transit infrastructure has a lot of unused capacity, Yonah Freemark wrote last week on the blog of the Metropolitan Planning Council, and making use of it might be cheaper and easier than expanding the system. Some of Chicago’s most transit-accessible neighborhoods are barely growing, but rents are rising fast, Freemark reported, an indication that […]

Elon Musk’s “Master Plan” Won’t Work for Cities

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Earlier this week tech entrepreneur Elon Musk released his updated “master plan” for Tesla, including some thoughts on how autonomous mini-buses will supplant today’s transit and “take people all the way to their destination.” Like every Musk pronouncement, this one got a lot of buzz — but it also drew some healthy skepticism. One reason to doubt Musk’s plan […]