Today’s Headlines

  • Closure of Seattle’s Alaskan Way Viaduct Didn’t Cause Carmaggedon (Crosscut)
  • Anthony Foxx Warns He May Shut Down D.C. Metro to Prevent Another Fire (Reuters)
  • How Likely Is It That Boston’s Green Line Extension Will Get Built? (Globe)
  • Rural Lawmakers Hold Up Bill That Would Open the Door to North Carolina Light Rail (WRAL)
  • Pennsylvania Gov Tom Wolf: “Playing Field Stacked Against Cities” (Inquirer)
  • Will Minnesota Chip in For Twin Cities’ Third Light Rail Line? (Star Tribune)
  • Oakland Opens a Parking-Protected Bike Lane (CBS SF)
  • Columbus to Construct 25-Story “Millennial Tower” on a Parking Lot (Dispatch)
  • Sprawl and Waukesha, Wisconsin’s Big Great Lakes Water Grab (The Atlantic)
  • Are Families Choosing Unwalkable Suburbs, or Settling for Them? (City Lab)


Seattle’s New Park-and-Rides Cost a Fortune But Won’t Move Many People

Seattle area voters will vote this November on a $53 billion transit expansion package. But along with new light rail lines stretching across the region, Seattle will also be getting a publicly owned parking empire. In total, the plan calls for $661 million in spending on parking at transit stations. At an astounding $80,000 per stall, that will fund 8,300 parking spots. Zach […]

Network Roundup: Building Trains Is Hard, Building Parking Is Easy

Here’s a snapshot of what’s happening around the Streetsblog Network today: headaches and heartbreaks on the way to passenger rail, smooth sailing for parking developments: Wisconsin Paying a High Price for Passenger Rail Refusal: James Rowen at Network blog The Political Environment points out that Amtrak’s Hiawatha Line is breaking ridership records, despite Wisconsin Governor […]

Baltimore Rolls Out Free, Fully Funded Downtown Bus Service

Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon is on her way out of office, thanks to a deal with prosecutors pursuing a corruption case against her, but she’s leaving something positive in place for local transit riders. Sheila Dixon, outgoing Baltimore mayor, with a new city bus. (Photo: Baltimore Skyline) The city’s new free bus line, dubbed the […]

More Space for Parking Than Offices at Boston-Area TOD

A proposal to build new office and residential space near the end of Boston’s Green Line will also triple the amount of parking at the station. Photo: HelveticaFanatic/Flickr Another city, another would-be transit-oriented development undermined by a glut of parking. This time it’s Newton, Massachusetts, where plans are underway to build 420,000 square feet of […]