Thursday’s Headlines, and a Lot of Them

  • President Biden’s infrastructure plan is filled with compromises the White House made to ensure it had broad support. (Washington Post)
  • Republican senators are prepping a counteroffer to Biden’s plan that will be just a fraction of a size and funded partly by electric vehicle fees. (Politico)
  • While some “vaccine tourists” are flying thousands of miles for a COVID shot, others have no way to get to their appointments close to home. (Kaiser Health News)
  • An MIT professor has figured out a way to model pedestrian movement the way that traffic engineers do for cars. (World Economic Forum)
  • With much of the white-collar workforce expected to stay home post-pandemic, some urbanists are dreaming of converting offices into housing. But it’s not as easy as it sounds. (Slate)
  • Parking guru Donald Shoup reflects on how things have changed in the past 25 years. (Parking Today)
  • New Jersey transit officials say it could take four years for ridership to recover. (NJ Biz)
  • Despite the influx of federal funding, the financial situation at Denver’s Regional Transportation District is still uncertain. (Mass Transit Mag)
  • Milwaukee will use part of its $400 million in stimulus money to expand the city’s streetcar. (TMJ 4)
  • Dallas-Fort Worth will spend $54 million from the stimulus package on bike and pedestrian projects. (Star-Telegram)
  • Sacramento is turning its historic train station into a multimodal and environmentally friendly “mobility hub.” (Smart Cities Dive)
  • Billy Penn has an update on Philadelphia bike projects.
  • Athens, Georgia, is starting to build out a 20-year plan to put bike paths on every major street. (Flagpole)
  • Washington, D.C. will start enforcing parking laws again June 1. (Washingtonian)
  • Austin’s Cap Metro is starting to prepare land-use plans for affordable transit-oriented housing near new Project Connect transit stops. (Monitor)
  • Houston has a new, contactless fare system. (Railway Age)
  • Orlando Weekly tries to talk some sense into Florida politicians who are enamored with Elon Musk’s Boring tunnels.
  • A retired L.A. Metro rail car could be turned into a cafe or museum. (Long Beach Post)
  • Just shoe it: Portland’s new bike-share docks are made out of recycled Nike sneakers. (Bike Portland)


Donald Shoup, an Appreciation

On Tuesday, the news came that after 41 years of teaching at UCLA, Donald Shoup, distinguished professor of urban planning, will retire. For all of us who have had our paths in life profoundly influenced by his research, writing, and teaching on parking and transportation, it’s a good time to reflect. I never got to […]

Shoup: Cato HQ the Perfect Lab for Reforming Commuter Parking Subsidies

Last week we published a reply from UCLA planning professor Donald Shoup to Cato Institute senior fellow Randal O’Toole, in which Shoup clarified his positions on parking policy and explained several ways in which government regulations favor the provision of free parking. In response, O’Toole ran this post on the Cato@Liberty blog. Streetsblog is pleased […]

Shoup to O’Toole: The Market for Parking Is Anything But Free

We’re reprinting this reply [PDF] from UCLA professor Donald Shoup, author of the High Cost of Free Parking, to Randal O’Toole, the libertarian Cato Institute senior fellow who refuses to acknowledge the role of massive government intervention in the market for parking, and the effect this has had on America’s car dependence. It’s an excellent […]

Americans Can’t Afford the High Cost of Parking Requirements

Building a single parking spot can easily cost more than many Americans’ life savings. In the latest issue of Access Magazine, retired UCLA economist Donald Shoup brings this point home to illustrate the huge financial burden imposed by minimum parking requirements, especially for poor households. The average construction cost of structured parking, across 12 American cities, is $24,000 for an above-ground […]

Plenty of Spaces, but “Nowhere to Park”

"There’s nowhere to park." That’s what a lot of drivers think, even when there is parking available very nearby — say, on the upper level of a parking garage. This disjunct between perception and reality, which can lead to municipalities overbuilding parking facilities that end up standing empty, is the topic of an intriguing post […]