Today’s Headlines

  • Lawsuit Filed to Stop Albuquerque Bus Rapid Transit, Construction Slated to Start August 1 (NextCity)
  • Downtown LA Streetcar to Average Just 6 MPH (LAist)
  • City Observatory: Share Price of Urban Living on the Rise
  • Insurance Industry Alarmingly Clueless About Pedestrian Safety (Claims Journal)
  • Will the People Who Need Transit Most Be Pushed Away in Seattle? (The Stranger)
  • Boulder, Colorado: Another City That Has Created an Affordable Housing Crisis (Forbes)
  • At 60, Interstate Highway System Facing Big Challenges (Wired)
  • CityLab: Don’t Worry, Google Isn’t Going to Take Over Public Transport in Columbus
  • A Mixed-Use Meijer Store in Grand Rapids (
  • BlueFairlane

    Re: Boulder, Colorado.

    Any assessment of growth potential in communities along the Front Range needs to take into account the availability of water. Boulder takes its water primarily from three sources. Two reservoirs fed by snow melt and mountain glaciers account for 80% of Boulder’s water. The other fifth comes from the already far over-taxed Colorado River across the Divide. The city believes that at current population levels, its water system can be depended on for 19 out of 20 years, which is to say it expects cyclical drought to cause severe water shortages five times a century. This doesn’t take the unpredictability of climate change into account. If Boulder were to experience significant population growth, it would have to take water from someplace else, and that’s not an easy task in a state where every drop is committed and everybody wants more.

    Boulder’s regulatory structure may not look pretty to an Eastern urbanist, but it helps the city avoid a crippling water crisis down the line.


Smaller Cities Taking on Big Transit Projects

Grand Rapids, Michigan. Fort Collins, Colorado. Savannah, Georgia. Mid-sized cities like these are stepping up and demanding many of the same transit improvements as their larger cousins. A new report from Reconnecting America [PDF] offers recommendations for these less populated cities to consider, whether they’re pursuing some version of bus rapid transit or a streetcar. The mid-sized […]

Today’s Headlines

Study: Uber and Lyft Account for 15 Percent of Vehicle Trips in San Francisco (Examiner) How Oslo Is Responding to Backlash Against Its Central City Car Ban (Guardian) Subprime Auto Loans From 2015 May Be Worst Performing Ever (Bloomberg) Study: Reserved Parking Triples Likelihood of Car Ownership (via Science Direct) Can You Guess the City […]

Today’s Headlines

More Zany Ideas for Protecting Pedestrians from Self-Driving Cars (City Observatory) The 10 Deadliest States for Pedestrians (790 KABC) Slate: Uber and Lyft Could Have the Biggest Impact in the South Enormous Mixed-Use Development Promises to Make Miami More Walkable (WLRN) Fresno to Begin Construction on Bus Rapid Transit System This Month (Fresno Bee) London […]

Queens Residents Oppose Loss of Parking for Bus Rapid Transit

Trend Watch: New York City Community Boards and civic groups opposing progressive transportation projects on the grounds that they interfere with car owners’ on-street parking and double-parking privileges. Last week, while DOT was catching flack in Brooklyn for its plan to stripe bike lanes on Brooklyn’s 9th Street, Community Board 13 in Queens was putting […]

Today’s Headlines

How Does Transit Affect a City’s Affordability? (City Lab, NRDC Switchboard) Grand Rapids Waits for Economic Boon From New BRT (Grand Rapids Press) Cleveland Has Seen $5.5B+ in Transit-Oriented Development in Two Years (Progressive Railroading) Will GOP’s Uber Support Attract Young Voters? (The Hill) Dallas Eyes BRT Instead of Rail for Cotton Belt (Dallas News) […]