Notoriously auto-centric and planning-averse Houston has an ambitious plan to fight climate change by electrifying city fleets, spending billions on transit and eliminating parking requirements. (City Lab)
For all its post-World War II problems, Buffalo has “good bones,” which makes it the perfect guinea pig to find out how mobility innovations actually work on the ground. (Vice)
As the metro Atlanta suburb of Gwinnett County prepares to — again! — try to convince voters to fund improved transit, no one is sure if or how the federal government will help fund it. (Saporta Report)
Boston’s Green Line is shut down for a year for construction, with bus rapid transit offered up as an alternative in the meantime. (Globe)
Los Angeles residents are not pleased with Mayor Eric Garcetti’s proposed cuts to sidewalk repairs and Vision Zero. (LAist)
Boulder is lowering speed limits on local streets to 20 miles per hour, significantly reducing the risk of death for pedestrians and cyclists colliding with a car (Colorado Daily). Advocates are also pushing to lower speed limits in Denver, where the city is behind on building sidewalks and bike lanes but gets high marks for other safety improvements (Denverite).
Bus and light rail service cut during the coronavirus pandemic is returning to Charlotte June 8 — along with fares. (Observer)
A Washington, D.C. report recommends widening sidewalks and reallocating street space to allow for social distancing, as well as free bike-sharing and more safety measures on transit. (Greater Greater Washington)
New Orleans is starting work on 11 miles of new bike lanes in the Algiers neighborhood. (Times-Picayune)
The pandemic is sparking a bike revolution in congestion-plagued Latin American cities (Americas Quarterly). The City Fix shines a spotlight on Columbia’s mobility plan, in particular.
Cities like Paris and Milan have plans to limit cars long after the pandemic ends. (Smithsonian Magazine)
Cities are getting a disproportionately small share of the road money given out by the White House’s stimulus plan, but the nation’s top 20 metro areas are doing better when it comes to transit — taking in 61 percent of the transit stimulus cash allocated so far, according to an analysis by Streetsblog Capitol Hill. […]
As the push for emergency transit funding moves to the Senate, syndicated columnist Neal Peirce pulls back the lens and sees a bright outlook for local rail systems. The key, he says, is whether cities and their suburbs can set up new revenue streams together: Political reality says few if any state legislatures will enact […]
The high-water mark for American parking policy came in the early 1970s, when cities including New York, Boston, and Portland set limits on off-street parking in their downtowns. They were compelled to do so by lawsuits brought under the Clean Air Act, which used the lever of parking policy to curb traffic and reduce pollution […]
Yes, says urban planner Neil Payton. From his guest column today on Reconnecting America’s blog: Denver’s light rail, in the background, ended up increasing the value of nearby homes. (Photo: Denver Post) Either [local planners] view [transit access] as too distant a possibility to factor in or, ironically, they view rail transit as a means […]
It's not enough to give people more space on the sidewalks for social distancing, advocates argue. We also need to give residents places to walk *to* — and specifically, places that help them meet their essential needs.