Today’s Headlines

  • ZB

    “This generation is not interested in building more freeways so they can commute from jobs in the city to the far reaches of the county,” [Vicki Barnett] said in a press release announcing her candidacy. “They want an effective and reliable transit system, abundant parks and greenspaces, and vibrant, walkable communities that they can call home.”

    That’s shocking to hear from a Michigan politician.

  • ZB

    Genius line from the SF Gate column:

    Slightly delaying other people isn’t specific to bikes, after all; it’s just a fact of life in a world with other people in general and life in a dense city in particular. When I’m in line at the grocery store, for example, the person behind me would get to buy her groceries more quickly if I weren’t there. Out on the road, 21% of all cars are white and 8% are blue, so it wouldn’t be wrong to say that blue cars are slowed down by white cars; if all those white cars suddenly vanished, the blue cars could go faster. But the shopper in back of me doesn’t demand that I step aside so that she can get her groceries faster, and blue car drivers don’t argue that white cars clog up the road and should get out of the way. To think otherwise, to believe that other people should get out of the way, or off the road, simply because they’re other people, requires a kind of mildly deranged solipsism.


Transit Outsourcing Booms — But Are There Safety Trade-offs?

New Orleans streetcars, such as the one pictured above, are about to be outsourced to a private French company. (Photo: NYT) The Wall Street Journal reports today on the growing number of cities around the country that are in talks to outsource local transit systems to cope with the budgetary pressures of the recession. New […]

FTA Distributes $1 Billion to Local Transit Agencies

Transit providers in Detroit, Miami, Seattle and Bloomington, Indiana were a few of the many winners in the latest round of Federal Transit Administration capital grants. On Monday, FTA awarded almost $1 billion to local transit agencies to purchase buses, construct shelters and plan for the future [PDF]. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the grants […]