Today’s Headlines

  • New Safety Regs Could Allow Lighter, Faster Amtrak Trains (Bloomberg)
  • Co.Exist Gathers Top Transportation Stories of 2012
  • So Does Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space (for D.C. and Beyond)
  • Silicon Valley Marks 25 Years of Light Rail, But It’s Not Exactly a Celebration (Mercury-Register)
  • KCET: Big Pedestrian Risks in L.A. Should Be Call for Action
  • Memphis Takes the Bike-Friendly Route (NYT)
  • The Urban vs. Rural Tension Behind Iowa’s Gas Tax Fight (Radio Iowa)
  • Hybrid Transit Plan Moves Forward for Twin Cities (StarTribune)
  • What Ever Happened to D.C.’s FIRST Bike-Share System? (WashCycle)
  • Which Transit Systems Offered Free Rides for New Year’s? (Atlantic Cities)

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Two Very Different Ways Bike-Share Benefits Transit

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A new survey [PDF] by researchers at UC Berkeley and published in Access Magazine sheds light on how bike-share systems interact with transit. Researchers Susan Shaheen and Elliot Martin surveyed more than 10,000 bike-share riders in Montreal, Toronto, Minneapolis-Saint Paul, and Washington, DC. Like previous surveys have shown, Shaheen and Martin found that a significant number of bike-share users reduce car use. But their […]

Today’s Headlines

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California Senators Try to Avoid Repeat of San Francisco Transit Strike (The Hill) Also in California, Labor Dispute Holds Back Fed Funds for Transit (LAT) How Will That Purple Line Private Partnership Work Out for D.C.? (GGW) TIGER Grant to Help Build Modern Train Station in Rochester, NY (Progressive Railroading, AP) Kids Aren’t Really Playing in […]

Today’s Headlines

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If Shutdown Persists, Amtrak’s at Risk (Bloomberg) Survey: 40 Percent of Americans Consider Their Neighborhoods Unwalkable (NRDC Switchboard) High-Speed Rail in Illinois Would Be Expensive But Doable (Crain’s Chicago Business) In D.C., the Shutdown’s Bad for Metro But Good for Bike-Share (Washington City Paper) Christie: NJ Transit Chief Wasn’t to Blame for Sandy Rail Damage […]

Happy 35th Birthday, D.C. Metro

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Highlights from the Streetsblog Network today: commentary on how transit investment and demographic change are shaping cities. D.C.’s Metro as a Case Study in Urban Redevelopment: Happy Birthday, D.C. Metro! Washington’s transit system turns 35 this week. Yonah Freemark at the Transport Politic takes the opportunity to examine the system’s effect on urban development patterns. […]

Today’s Headlines

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Is the recession really easing? Not for many transport and construction companies (Reuters) LaHood cruises on mag-lev train during visit to Japan (AP, Bloomberg) A look at the local ramifications of the auto-bike culture clash (CNN) Debate erupts in D.C. after transit union calls for 40mph maximum speeds on local rail, citing safety concerns (WashPost […]

Can Richmond Transition to a Multi-Modal City?

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There’s a whole lot of potential in Richmond, Virginia. This smaller southern city has many of the right ingredients for a walkable, bike-friendly city, says Dan Malouff at Beyond DC: It’s small, with only a million people in its whole metro area, but it has a relatively large downtown and some very high quality urban […]