Today’s Headlines

  • Pittsburgh Welcomes Uber’s First Driverless Fleet (Bloomberg)
  • California Agency Invests in 14 Transit Projects (Progressive Railroading)
  • Jeff Wood: Regional Transit Agencies Hold Back Transit (City Metric)
  • Railroads Warned Not to Delay on Positive Train Control (Chicago Trib)
  • How a Radical Rethink Boosted Bus Ridership in Houston (CityLab)
  • Former Boston Transit Chief Departs Flailing Honolulu Rail Project (Boston Herald)
  • In New Haven, Advocates Take on Outdated Parking Plan (NH Register)
  • Photos of an Interstate’s Impact in St. Louis (Next City)

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Today’s Headlines

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Transpo Bill Lobbyists Put Heat on Congress (Politico) FTA: Existing Transit Should Get First Priority with Sandy Funds (Newsday) DOTs Want “High-Speed Experience” for Chicago-Detroit Train (Lakeshore Public Media) Transpo Issues Draw Crowds to Boston Mayoral Forum (Boston Globe) There’ll Be Pain Before Gain With D.C.’s Silver Line (Washington City Paper) Texas Agencies Go Digital […]

“Development-Oriented Transit”: Lessons From Hong Kong

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It’s hard enough to build rail transit in the United States, and once a transit line gets built, that’s still only half the battle. Almost as important as securing the infrastructure itself is ensuring that nearby development will maximize the public’s investment, say Katlin Jackson and Julia Levitt at The City Fix. Surround a station […]

Today’s Headlines

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16 Big Transit Projects That Would Be Toast Under Trump’s Budget (WaPo) Cuts Could Imperil Seattle Rail, Gateway Project, DC Metro (Seattle Times, Bloomberg, Washingtonian) How Cities Would Feel the Budget Pain (Curbed) Long-Distance Amtrak Routes Under Threat (Progressive Railroading) Trump Also Wants to Slash Transpo Funding in Rural Areas That Supported Him (Charlotte Observer) The Rail Line […]

The Looming Transit Breakdown That Threatens America’s Economy

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While federal transit funding stagnates, the nation’s largest rail and bus systems have been delaying critical maintenance projects. Without sustained efforts to fix infrastructure and vehicles, the effects of deteriorating service in big American cities could ripple across the national economy, according to a new report from the Regional Plan Association [PDF]. RPA focuses on ten of the nation’s largest transit agencies […]

Feeding the Beast: The Backdoor Ways Transit Subsidizes Roads

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We’ve done our share of commentary on this blog about how transit is underfunded in the first place. So it’s all the more upsetting to see highway projects pick the pocket of transit agencies. But that’s exactly what’s happening, in different forms, in different places throughout the country, writes Alon Levy at Pedestrian Observations. Levy […]