Today’s Headlines

  • APTA Boss Michael Melaniphy Resigns (Railway Age)
  • San Diego Divided Over Sales Tax for Transpo (LA Times)
  • Just-Launched Kansas City Streetcar Sparks Development (KMBC)
  • Largest Bike-Share Operator in U.S. Now Making Bikes in Detroit (Fast Co.Exist)
  • Delaware Bill Focuses on Transit-Friendly Communities (AP)
  • Tacoma Light Rail Rides Will Be Free Until 2022 Extension (Progressive Railroading)
  • Miami Herald: It’s High Time to Legalize Uber, Lyft
  • How Moving Can Break Your Car Commuting Habits (CityLab)
  • Amtrak Looks to Clear Choke Points in Maryland (Baltimore Sun)
  • Kevin Love

    The CityLab article is an excellent example of the principle of “correlation does not equal causation.”

    The article shows that people in the UK who moved recently have lower rates of car use than people who moved longer ago in time. Therefore “Moving can break your car commuting habits.”

    Please note that this is UK data. And the trend in the last few years is to move to London, which is booming. It costs more to pay for car parking in London than to buy the car itself… OK, I exaggerate a bit, but not much. Car parking, the congestion charge and the fact that the streets were definitely not made for cars all strongly discourage car use in London.

    To sum up, people in the UK who moved years in the past tended to move to places that were not London. People who moved more recently tended to move to London.

    That is why more recent movers have a lower car usage rate.


If Walmart Urbanizes Its Headquarters, What’s Next for Its Stores?

The Washington Post reports that Walmart, the retail behemoth whose name is synonymous with big-box sprawl, is looking to attract young people to work at its headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas. To make that happen, the company is investing in amenities to make its hometown — population 40,000 — more urban. To remain competitive, the Post says, Walmart must draw professionals “who might […]

Has America Already Hit “Peak Car”?

In 1901, there were 10,000 motor vehicles in the United States. It took five years to multiply that number by 10. The next 10-fold increase took seven years, reaching one million vehicles by 1913. Just eight years later, it was 10 million. From there, it took 47 years to get to the next milestone: America became […]

Going Back-to-School in the Age of the $4 Gallon

Today is the first day of class for New York City public school students, while other districts across the country have been in session for weeks. The Times reports that some are grappling with how to get kids to and from school in the face of $4-per-gallon gasoline. Schools in many states have cut bus […]

Today’s Headlines

DOT to Unveil $478B Transpo Funding Proposal Today (Detroit News) “CTFastrak” Bus Makes First Run in Hartford (AP, Fast Lane) In Cities, Transit Entrepreneurs Are Jumping Ahead of the Government (National Journal) Georgia House Passes Bill to Spur Development Around Atlanta Beltline (AJC) Seattle Times: Ed Murray Shaping Up to Be “The Bike Mayor” Portland’s Orange Line Under Budget, On […]