Cities, states and transit agencies are rushing to finish infrastructure projects while people are traveling less during the pandemic, but they’re bumping up against COVID-related budget crunches, too. (New York Times)
“Squad” member Rep. Ayanna Pressley wants transit to be free because she sees access to reliable, affordable transportation as being at the center of the fight for equity and social justice. (Curbed)
Officials are starting to recognize the link between transportation policy and racism. (Green Biz)
Flexible permitting, engaging with residents and an emphasis on equity can help cities improve mobility. (Urban Institute)
Without more federal aid, the New York City transit system — the largest in the U.S. — could lose up to half its service. (Streetsblog)
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has started a new Office of Future Mobility and Electrification that sounds like it will focus on EVs and self-driving vehicles (Intelligent Transport). Cool, but how about starting with proven technologies like regional buses and intercity rail instead?
The Washington DOT is temporarily reallocating state highway lanes for walkers and bikers to maintain social distancing. (Bike Portland)
Austin’s Vision Zero program will make improvements to 13 road segments where injuries are common. (American-Statesman)
Hate-read of the day: A cranky Post and Courier columnist blames everyone but drivers for the fact that Charleston’s streets are so dangerous.
Germany’s first “bicycle zone” in Bremen applies the rules and design of a street for bikes to an entire neighborhood. (Euro Cities)
Paris City Hall is fighting the French government’s plans to redevelop the 150-year-old Gare du Nord train station. (The Guardian)
How much should passengers pay for mass transit? What with the financial woes of transit systems around the country, it’s been a hot topic. Today on the Streetsblog Network, we’re looking at the question from a couple of different angles. First, Yonah Freemark of The Transport Politic looks at the role of mass transit in […]
Even if you never set foot on a bus or a train, chances are transit is saving you time and money. The most obvious reason is that transit keeps cars off the road, but the full explanation is both less intuitive and more profound: Transit shrinks distances between destinations, putting everything within closer reach. A new study published by the Transportation Research Board quantifies […]
Tony Dutzik is a senior policy analyst with the Frontier Group. An op-ed in Friday’s Washington Post by three professors of urban planning rained on the parade of transit advocates celebrating a new 57-year high in transit ridership. Ridership, the authors wrote, has actually fallen on a per-capita basis since 2008 (as has driving, by the way), as well as outside […]
As cities struggle to undo the damage from decades of autocentric, sprawl-inducing policies, they often come up against state and federal transportation officials that insist on supporting a status quo that leads to more traffic congestion, more pollution, and less affordable options for everyone. On Capitol Hill, we come across many lawmakers who really get […]