Today’s Headlines

  • Politico: Obama’s Plan for “Nation-Building at Home” Entices Transpo Watchers
  • In Transit/Bike-Friendly Portland, 84 Percent of Trips Still By Car (Oregonian)
  • Connecticut Candidates Talk Transportation (News Times)
  • A Century After the Car’s Debut, How “Public” Are Our Streets? (The Get Around Blog)
  • Phoenix Could See Transit Fare Hikes (WNCT)
  • Why “Low Ridership” Doesn’t Mean “Worthless” (Human Transit)
  • Report: Rockville Pike a Prime Spot for “Gold-Standard” BRT (GGW)
  • Journal of Transport and Land Use Shares New Issue


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 […]

New Jersey Squanders Transit By Surrounding Stations With Sprawl

New Jersey is the most population-dense state in the country, and many residents get to work via one of its several transit systems. But too many of New Jersey’s transit stations are surrounded by single-family housing, severely limiting the number of people — especially low-income people — with convenient, walkable access to transit. Some entire transit lines […]