Today’s Headlines

  • Gasoline Took Record-Sized Bite Out of Household Budgets in 2012 (The Hill)
  • First $2 Billion in Sandy Transit Aid Becomes Available (Fast Lane)
  • New Director Sets Plans to Jump-Start Chicago Infrastructure Trust (Crain’s)
  • The Republican Party’s Urban Problem Isn’t Just Cosmetic (Grist)
  • UK Rail Privatization Resulted in Skyrocketing Fares, Cynicism (MirrorTelegraph)
  • Failed San Diego Neighborhoods Prove Car-Friendly Features Kill Walkability (KPBS)
  • Maryland Grasps at Straws, Raises Speed Limit to Boost ICC Use (Transpo Nation)
  • Tour de Fat Pledge Inspires Realtor to Brand Himself Around Carlessness (Inman)
  • DC Seeks to Enliven Pedestrian Dead Zones Near Monolithic Federal Buildings (City Paper)
  • Calculated: How Much Each New Residential Unit Contributes to Local Economy (RPUS)
  • The article from The Hill is deceptive because it uses US average income (approx $73000) versus US median income (approx $50,000). If we use the median income number, the percent of pre-tax income spent on gasoline in 2012 was actually closer to 6%, not 4%.  And since median household VMT was 19652 miles, this implies that vehicles in the median household got 25 mpg. Since the average household in America has two vehicles, one a medium sized sedan and the other a pickup, SUV or minivan, and since the average age of all vehicles in the US is now 10.8 years, it is unlikely that households achieved this mileage. (In 2009 the estimated fuel economy achieved by the entire fleet of American cars was only 17 mpg. The average fuel economy of new cars sold in 2012 was 23.2 mpg.) I think it’s more likely that the EIA, for whatever reason, is underreporting how much Americans spent on gas as well as trying to downplay the economic impact.


New Jersey’s Urban Centers Are Bouncing Back

New Jersey’s cities — even downtrodden and smaller ones — are seeing a dramatic shift in population trends, according to research from smart growth group New Jersey Future. The state’s eight largest urban areas — Newark, Jersey City, Trenton, Paterson, Elizabeth, Camden, New Brunswick, Atlantic City — accounted for 11.4 percent of the state’s population growth […]

3 Reasons Politicians Like Building New Roads More Than Fixing Old Ones

American transportation policy places a premium on delivering big, shiny new things. As much as the big state transportation agencies and their political bosses love pouring concrete, they tend to avoid keeping the things they build in good working condition. Many state DOTs still spend upwards of 90 percent of their annual budgets on new construction, according […]

New York New Visions Tackles “Sustainable” New York Future

After Mayor Bloomberg’s December announcement of his PlaNYC initiative to prepare for a sustainable New York of 9 million people by 2030, New York New Visions, the group of architects and planners originally organized around Ground Zero rebuilding, announced it was expanding its scope to tackle the new challenge. Last night, in a stark white […]

The Clock is Ticking for PlaNYC

A delegation of approximately 30 members of the Campaign for New York’s Future are traveling to Albany today to meet with more than two dozen state legislators and other public officials. Today’s trip follows a series of meetings on Monday in which key coalition leaders joined Mayor Bloomberg to call for urgent State action on […]

Today’s Headlines

New Jersey Looks Into Leasing Out the Turnpike (NYT) Cops Work with Cyclists in Brooklyn Critical Mass (AMNY)You saw this story first on Streetsblog LIRR Gap Solution at Flatbush? Keep Some Doors Closed (Newsday) Homes, Businesses May Be Condemned in LIRR "Third Track Project" (Newsday) Robotrain to Launch on L Line Next Year (Daily News) […]