Today’s Headlines

  • The Associated Press Examines the Rise of Protected Bike Lanes
  • A Look at the Opportunities and Challenges of Vision Zero in American Cities (Fast.co)
  • Megaproject Expert Says Transit Cost Estimates Are Getting More Realistic (MassTransitMag)
  • Sonar Device Helps Nab Drivers Who Pass Cyclists to Closely (Fast.co)
  • Shanghai Taking Action to Limit Sprawl (Global Times)
  • First of Atlanta’s Six Planned Transit-Oriented Developments Breaks Ground (WABE)
  • State Level Politicking Threatens Twin Cities’ Plans for Southwest Light Rail (Star Tribune)
  • Dallas Advocates Demand a Downtown Subway (Morning News)

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Without Transit, American Cities Would Take Up 37 Percent More Space

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Even if you never set foot on a bus or a train, chances are transit is saving you time and money. The most obvious reason is that transit keeps cars off the road, but the full explanation is both less intuitive and more profound: Transit shrinks distances between destinations, putting everything within closer reach. A new study published by the Transportation Research Board quantifies […]

A New Resource for Tracking Transit Trends in American Cities

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How does transit ridership in your city stack up against other cities? A new tool from transit analyst extraordinaire Yonah Freemark at the Transport Politic can help you figure it out. Freemark’s “databook” compiles a raft of data from the Census and the Federal Transit Administration into a series of graphs and tables that show trends in transit ridership in selected U.S. cities. Here you […]

The 10 Best and Worst Cities to Catch a Bus to Work

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It’s been called “the geography of opportunity.” And David Levinson is trying to make a science of it. In a new analysis, Levinson, a University of Minnesota transportation engineering professor, and his colleague Andrew Owen have ranked the 50 largest U.S. metro areas based on job accessibility by transit [PDF]. Levinson and Owen used transit schedules and walking […]

Many Americans Live Near Transit, But Few Live Close to Good Transit

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This chart tells an eye-opening story about access to transit in the United States. Using the new data tool AllTransit, TransitCenter dug into who has access to transit in American cities, making a crucial distinction between residents near any transit whatsoever and residents with access to convenient, frequently running service. The analysis encompassed the nation’s 25 largest cities and […]