Talking Headways Podcast: All Things London Transport, With Ian Brown

This week we’re chatting with Ian Brown, former managing director for London Rail. Ian discusses everything London transport, including congestion pricing; constructing, financing; and making the case for the massive Crossrail project; bus operations; cycling; operations contracts; and even contactless fare payment systems.

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London’s New Mayor, Sadiq Khan, Pledges to “Accelerate” Cycling Progress

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London bike advocates proved they were a political force to be reckoned under Mayor Boris Johnson. After cyclists demonstrated that they would not be satisfied with half-measures, Johnson started to make serious headway on safe bike infrastructure in his second term. It looks like that progress will continue even with a new mayor from a different party. Last week, Londoners chose Sadiq Khan of […]

New “Bike Boxes” Send Cyclists to the Front of the Line

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Ian Dutton of the Houston Street bike safety initiative snapped these photographs of yet another never-before-seen street design feature here in New York City. This is what’s called a "Bike Box" at the  intersection of W. 9th St. and Sixth Ave. Bike boxes allow cyclists approaching the intersection with a red signal to position themselves […]

London Reaps Pricing Benefits

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From the newsletter of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign comes an inspiring summation of the effects of congestion pricing in London since the program’s inception in 2003, gleaned from Transport for London‘s annual report: Traffic levels in central London were about 20% lower in 2006 than in 2002, the year before pricing began. Bicycle use in […]

Eyes on the Street: London “Cycle Superhighway” Teems With Bike Traffic

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Good Morning, London. This is what London’s Blackfriars Bridge looks like #cyclesuperhighwaypic.twitter.com/byAMWq1QLz — Sustrans London (@SustransLondon) May 17, 2016 In case you’re looking for a good visual to show how bike lanes can be extremely efficient transportation infrastructure, check out this short video from the UK-based advocacy group Sustrans. It shows rush hour on the Blackfriars Bridge […]

Why Are U.S. Transit Agencies Failing to Implement Modern Train Designs?

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Almost every urban rail system in America lacks a key design feature that’s become standard in cities around the globe: open gangways, which let people easily walk between cars, increasing capacity and leading to smoother operations. Yonah Freemark at the Transport Politic points out that even New York City’s extensive and crowded subway system won’t be including […]

London Imposes $50 Guzzler Fee on SUVs and Lux Roadsters

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London Mayor Ken Livingstone is on a tear. Yesterday he announced a £500 million investment in new bicycling infrastructure. Today, he approved a plan to charge the drivers of SUVs, high powered sports cars and other large engine, high emission vehicles a £25 fee ($48.75!) to drive into Central London’s congestion charging zone. Simultaneously, low […]