Pre-pandemic traffic is back, and now every hour is rush hour. (City Lab)
Transportation accounts for 29 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, the majority from personal vehicles. To prevent climate change, people need to drive less. More density, congestion pricing and redesigning streets can get people out of their cars. (RMI)
Grist interviews author Tom Standage, whose new book “A Brief History of Motion: From the Wheel, to the Car, to What Comes Next” shows that an auto-dominated society is not inevitable.
With transportation being the largest source of greenhouse gases, it’s time for the U.S. to get onboard with high-speed rail. (Greenbiz)
Cities that turned street space over to people during the pandemic are now, unfortunately, giving it back to cars. (Quartz)
Transit ridership is recovering, but some riders say they’ll drive more in the future, often because the nearest stop is too far away from their home. (TransLoc)
Commuter rail ridership dropped the most during the pandemic, and systems are lowering fares and integrating with other services to draw more riders. (Government Technology)
Funding for bike lanes and trails and bike-share stations creates jobs. (Streetsblog USA)
Transit Center says the U.S. DOT should set standards and metrics for equity.
The same tool that communities have used for decades to make commutes easier on drivers can be refashioned to reduce reliance on automobiles altogether, a leading planning consultancy argues — and there's a better blueprint that cities can follow right now.
Michael Andersen blogs for The Green Lane Project, a PeopleForBikes program that helps U.S. cities build better bike lanes to create low-stress streets. Boulder, Colorado, will vote today on whether to become the fourth U.S. city to remove a modern protected bike lane. The others are Memphis, where a riverside project was removed this year after […]
Yesterday, we published part one of my interview with Peter Norton, a historian at the University of Virginia and the author of Fighting Traffic: The Dawn of the Motor Age in the American City. We talked about whether the push for infrastructure investment is always code for increasing car capacity, and how the Vision Zero campaign […]
Last Friday, CNN’s Anderson Cooper ran a segment about high-speed rail as part of his “Keeping Them Honest” series. Reporter Drew Griffin did an “exposé” of a Vermont rail project that spent .00006 percent of the federal stimulus money on needed track improvements and came in on time and under budget. Scandal! It amounts to […]
As gas prices soar, we're offering full team coverage. First, Kea Wilson looks at how American motorists say they'll drive less while transportation expert Charles Komanoff disagrees (see his article below).