Today’s Headlines

  • GM cars on the eBay auction site? It’s coming (NYT)
  • 10 members of Congress dropped $500,000 on a taxpayer-funded trip to investigate global warming — seven of them ended up voting against the House climate bill (WSJ)
  • Seattle orders up new fleet of diesel-hybrid buses (TreeHugger)
  • Giving Mexican trucks access to the U.S. becomes a flashpoint for Calderon & Obama (JOC)

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This week's guest is Tom Madrecki, director of urban innovation and mobility at UPS. If you want to know how a huge logistics company like UPS thinks about city streets and transportation systems, don't miss this one. Tom discusses the costs of congestion to UPS, and why streets that prioritize solo car trips don't work for walking, biking, or deliveries.

Ohio, Wisc. Rail Money to be Transferred to 13 Other States

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Ohio’s and Wisconsin’s loss will be 13 other states’ gain. U.S. Department of Transportation announced this afternoon that nearly $1.2 billion in passenger rail money will be withdrawn from the states of Ohio and Wisconsin at the behest of their incoming governors. The money will be transferred to other states to support “high speed rail […]

The Definition of Automobile Dependence

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Working for a failing automaker to make enough money to keep your beat-up, failing mini van rolling through your sprawled-out, failing city. From today’s New York Times story on escalating gasoline prices. For ordinary Americans like Phyllis Berry, a 31-year-old factory worker for General Motors in Cleveland, gasoline costs are starting to hurt. “I used […]

Pop-Up Protected Bike Lane Demos Now Being Funded by States, Too

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Michael Andersen blogs for The Green Lane Project, a PeopleForBikes program that helps U.S. cities build better bike lanes to create low-stress streets. A practice that began as guerrilla activism and was later embraced by professionals as “tactical urbanism” — using live on-street demos to test the effects of changes to city streets — hit a milestone last […]