Today’s Headlines

  • Tele-work bill, which would let federal employees trim transport costs by working from home, fails unexpectedly in the House (WashPost Blogs)
  • David Roberts asks: Is the answer to the nation’s transportation problem better cars, or fewer cars? (Grist)
  • L.A.’s plan to cut truck emissions at its port is seen as a success but still sparks contention (
  • What’s in a name? The implications of calling it the "Gulf oil spill" vs. "BP oil spill" (WashPost via @mariancw)
  • Oberstar asks the Justice Department to block United-Contental airline merger (AP)
  • Florida high-speed rail planners working on bringing their speeds up to 200 mph (Prog. Fix)
  • Challenging Maryland’s move to shortchange its funding commitments to D.C. area transit (WashPost)


Happy Birthday, Streetsblog Network

One year ago today, we announced the launch of the Streetsblog Network — a national and international network of blogs covering transportation policy, sustainable planning, smart growth and active transportation. We conceived of the network as a way to get people who are passionate about these issues literally on the same page. We started with […]

Why Won’t the Feds Encourage People to Go Car-Free?

We always like to hear about people jettisoning their cars for other modes of transportation, and there are several blogs on the Streetsblog Network that chronicle efforts to give up the personal automobile. They include Carless Parenting, based in Salt Lake City; The MinusCar Project, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and Car Free with Kids, […]

Is Big Environment Ready to Say America Is Hooked on Cars?

The NRDC’s "Beyond Oil" campaign. Are national environmental groups ready to shift their strategy? Earlier this month, the Wall Street Journal’s Joseph White, who covers the auto industry in his "Eyes on the Road" column, made a prediction that livable streets advocates will welcome. In the next year, he forecast, national environmental groups will re-focus […]

Technology Can Help People Go Car-Free, But Don’t Forget the Basics

Last week, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group released a ranking of the top 10 cities for “wired” transportation, where newer technologies like bike-share, real-time transit data, and app-based ride-hailing services are helping people get around without a car. After rating 70 metro areas based on the availability of 11 different technologies, Austin came out on […]