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Detroit Riders Share Their Transit Horror Stories

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Detroit’s transit system is in crisis. The region’s fractious transit network was highlighted last year by the story of James Robertson — “Detroit’s walking man” — whose one-way, 23-mile commute consists of two bus routes and 10-plus miles of walking. The Detroit region has been struggling to create a unified city-suburb regional transit agency for the last few years. Next […]

A Hard-Fought Legislative Victory for Indianapolis Transit

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Indianapolis might not be known as a transit city — yet — but a legislative breakthrough at the statehouse this week opens the door for dramatic improvements to its transit system. After three years of advocacy, state officials approved a bill that will allow the six-county Indianapolis region to vote on whether to tax themselves […]

“A Game Changer” for Albuquerque: Bus Rapid Transit Is a Go

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Recently, Albuquerque has gotten a good look at the insanity that can grip people when confronted by the idea of reallocating street space from cars to transit. The city is planning to add center-running bus lanes along Central Avenue — its main street — and for months public meetings about the project featured people standing on chairs and shouting, actual fights, and the […]

Bus vs. Rail: Transit’s Quiet Culture Clash?

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The question of running buses or building rail has preoccupied transit planners in many an American town, with Maryland’s Montgomery County being the latest locality to choose between trains and bus rapid transit (BRT), which tends to be the less expensive option. Bogota’s Transmilenio BRT has won praise for its roomy coaches and well-designed stations. […]

Today’s Headlines

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Senate Caves, Transpo Bill With May Extension Heads to Obama (Politico, The Hill) California High-Speed Rail Clears Major Hurdle in Court (LAT) Minneapolis Plays Tricky Game in Projecting Light Rail Ridership (StarTrib) One Possibility for FBI Move: The Greenbelt, Maryland, Metro Site (GGW) Community Reinvestment Act Spreads to a Diverse Range of Projects (Governing) San […]

Explaining Public Transit to the Public

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It’s not something you hear often in transit-rich areas, but in cities and towns across the U.S., the specter of the “empty bus” looms large. Jarrett Walker at Network Blog Human Transit points us to a video from the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, in west-central Florida, which has produced a series of educational shorts on how […]