Today’s Headlines

  • D.C. Metro Takes Over Silver Line, Preps for Summer Opening (WaPo)
  • House GOP Turns to Postal Service to Shore Up Transportation Funding — Yes, Really (Bloomberg)
  • Roll Call: Raising Funds Through Interstate Tolling Isn’t a Bad Idea
  • Senate Commerce Committee to Take Up Transpo Bill June 3 (The Hill)
  • Atlanta Bolsters MARTA Service to Airport (Online Athens)
  • San Diego Connects Neighborhoods With Seven-Mile Bike Loop (KPBS)
  • Feds Give NJ Transit, PATH $235M for Sandy Damage (Asbury Park Press)
  • Why Did America Build, Then Throw Away, Its Urban Streetcars? (Governing)
  • Minneapolis Plants Seeds for a Lively Downtown (NYT)
  • Arlington Offers National Model of TOD (Mobility Lab)
  • West Palm Beach Studies Walkability with Jeff Speck (CBS 12)
  • bolwerk

    That Dupont Circle station picture in the streetcar piece is pretty striking. To think it was only used for 13 years.


High-Speed Rail vs. Low-Cost Bus

Last week I mentioned I was about to take Amtrak from DC to New York. Well, it cost over $200 (and there was nothing particularly “high speed” about that rail experience). Next time, I might take the bus instead. For all the attention given to the potential expansion of high-speed rail, there’s also been a […]

Can Ride-Hailing Apps Become More Like Buses and Less Like Taxis?

A big part of reducing car traffic involves using cars more efficiently. Ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft are supposedly assisting in this transition by making car ownership less necessary. But even though both companies operate carpool-type services, most of their business still comes from single passenger trips. Other ride-hailing companies are all about shared trips. Network blog Cap’n Transit has […]

Uber and Lyft Take a Step Toward Real Ride-Sharing

Uber and Lyft have set out to upend the taxi industry in American cities. But are they the traffic-busting “ride-sharing” services they’re often portrayed to be? Not really: Using an app to hail a driver and take you where you’re going isn’t fundamentally different than any traditional for-hire vehicle service. But both Uber and Lyft are […]

As Deadline Approaches, Amtrak’s Indy-Chicago Line Faces Cuts

Notices may soon start appearing at train stations around the United States warning of possible service disruptions as states struggle to finalize funding agreements with Amtrak. All “state-supported” Amtrak routes — those shorter than 750 miles — are up against an October 16 deadline to come up with state funds to support passenger rail operations […]

Today’s Headlines

Take that, George Will! LaHood hits Portland today to celebrate new streetcar production (Daily Journal of Commerce) Midwestern high-speed rail backers propose $11.5 billion plan for 220-mph service (AP, Transport Politic) Conservative columnist Michael Gerson: GOP climate ‘traitors’ did the admirable thing by supporting last week’s bill (Star-Trib) D.C. Metro trains to run manually for […]

What Does Profitability Mean for Transit?

Today on the Streetsblog Network, we’re featuring a post from The Transport Politic, in which he takes up a discussion with Cap’n Transit about what constitutes profitability for a transit system:  Photo by network member Rail Life via Flickr. [T]he meaning of the word "profitable" itself is subjective. We could argue that getting enough revenue […]