Today’s Headlines

  • Feds Lay Out Vision for Northeast Rail (AP)
  • Trump’s Infrastructure Scheme May Run Into Resistance From Mitch McConnell (WaPo, American Prospect)
  • Harvard Infrastructure Expert Offers Thoughts on Trump’s Plan (Harvard Biz Review)
  • Flouting California Rules, Uber Continues Testing Self-Driving Cars (NYT)
  • 2017 Holds Uncertainty for Maryland’s Purple Line (WTOP)
  • Outside NYC, a More Urban Suburbia (NYT)
  • Northeast Rail Plans Include Amtrak Stop at Philadelphia Airport (Inquirer)
  • Why an Easy Transit-Funding Solution Isn’t in the Cards for Nashville (Nashville Biz Journal)
  • Tucson Tentatively Explores Creating Transit Authority (Arizona Daily Star)
  • HamTech87

    I’m excited as any rail supporter would be by the NEC stuff, but there are some problems here:
    1. At $120B, what will the fare on Amtrak need to be? It is already too expensive for many people on the Northeast Corridor, explaining the booming inter-city bus traffic. Which leads to…
    2. When will inter-city bus service get some respect and prioritization in the NEC? Chokepoints like the Lincoln Tunnel need bus-only lanes in both directions 24/7/365. Expand bus lanes and bus-only cue-jumps at other chokepoints along the NEC (GW Bridge!) so that inter-city buses are faster than driving a car. Let’s use the stuff we’ve got, which means….
    3. In places like Philadelphia, make the existing SEPTA train to the airport function better. It should run more frequently than 2x/hour, and be faster than a taxi. Besides, taking Amtrak to the airport may cost more than the flight after the $120B.

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Economists Pan Trump’s Infrastructure Plan as “Ill-Conceived” “Giveaway” (NYT) Americans Don’t Want to Pay for New Roads and Bridges With Tolls (WaPo) Anthony Foxx Considers His Legacy as U.S. DOT Secretary (Governing) Investment Professionals Are Betting on Infrastructure in 2017 (Forbes) First Look at Richmond, Virginia’s Bus Network Redesign Plans (RVA Rapid Transit) 16 Miles of Highway in […]

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Obama Proposes $4 Billion for Self-Driving Cars (NYT) … Gizmodo Lays Out Everything You Should Know About That Hawaii Seeks Development Along $6B Honolulu Rail Route (Pacific Biz News) Researchers Find Link Between Bike Infrastructure and Gentrifying Neighborhoods (WaPo) Austin Leaders Want High-Capacity Transit Proposal for Voters (Austin Biz Journal) Who Killed Durham’s Light Rail Project? (Indy Week) Amtrak Studies […]