Tomorrow morning, I’m getting on a train from Washington, DC to New York. It’s going to take me almost three-and-a-half hours to get there. Sure, I could pay more for an Acela and get there in less than three hours. But why can’t it take 90 minutes? Yesterday, Amtrak unveiled a plan [PDF] to build […]
The federal government needs an entirely different way of funding transportation — one that would finally allocate billions of dollars that currently subsidize and encourage driving to fund and expand transit, a new report argues.
Today on the Streetsblog Network, we’ve got a post from Yonah Freemark at The Transport Politic on the importance of funding both intercity and intracity rail, despite limits on the amount of money available. Freemark takes on the argument that investment in transportation within cities should trump the construction of more efficient rail connections between […]
Out of 585 applications, U.S. DOT has chosen 52 transportation projects in 37 states to receive TIGER awards totaling $474 million. The Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery program was originally an element of President Obama’s 2009 stimulus package. Although it hasn’t been reauthorized and many Republicans claim to hate it, funding somehow keeps being appropriated for […]
The National Bike Summit Starts Today in Washington President Obama Looks to Urban Rail Transit to Burnish Transportation Legacy (The Hill) Delaware’s Tom Carper to Lead Key Transportation Panel in U.S. Senate (WaPo) Alliance for Biking and Walking Announces “Navigating MAP-21” Workshop Dates for 2014 Seattle’s Bell Street Park Doing Everything a City Street Should (Pedestrian […]
Last week, I published a list of seven questions I had as the Transportation Conference Committee started meeting. I was examining the politics, not the policy. Turns out some readers wanted to hear more about the policy. I asked the Cap’n what his questions would be. The reply: Meanwhile, reader Ryan Richter sent in his […]