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.


No, Uber’s Not Going to Replace Buses, But It Can Complement Them

Not a day goes by without a raft of stories about “new mobility” providers — ride-hailing companies like Uber or car-share services like Car2Go that have tapped into recent technological advances to provide new ways to get around. In a new report, “Private Mobility, Public Interest” [PDF], TransitCenter deflates some of the hype surrounding these services while laying out […]

Sen. Mikulski Supports Car Tax Breaks While Transit Languishes

This just in from the Streetsblog Network: Greater Greater Washington takes Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski to task for supporting car sales tax breaks — and asks how that money could be better spent: Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) touts tax breaks for car buyers at the 2009 Motor Trend International Auto Show in Baltimore. Photo by […]

Today’s Headlines

As Washington goes all-in for electric cars, one automaker places its bets on cleaner diesel fuel (Time) A local editorial board calls on Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) to push Congress’ high-speed rail investment to $4 billion (Merc News) U.S. DOT and the Federal Communications Commission team up to seek technological solutions to distracted driving … […]

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 […]

Smaller Cities Propel Amtrak Ridership to a New High

It’s been another year of ridership growth for Amtrak, despite the difficulties caused by Hurricane Sandy in the Northeast. In fiscal year 2013, the nation’s intercity rail service saw its 10th ridership increase in 11 years, carrying a record 31.6 million passengers [PDF]. The Northeast Corridor still accounts for a huge share of Amtrak’s total […]