Tuesday’s Headlines Are #TeamTrain

The future? Oy.
The future? Oy.
  • Rural and small-town residents are being left behind as the pandemic kills off private intercity and charter bus companies. (Stateline)
  • In the early days of the pandemic, before mask mandates or ventilation measures, it appears that COVID did spread on buses and trains, according to a Georgia Tech study that compared federal travel data to confirmed cases in 52 metro areas.
  • Even the aviation website AVweb agrees that trains are a better way to move people around cities than airborne Ubers.
  • Just giving pedestrians a brief head start at signalized crosswalks can cut close calls by over 40 percent, data from Bellevue, Washington shows. (GCN)
  • Electric cargo bikes are becoming a popular way for New Yorkers to carry their kids to school. (NY Times)
  • Amtrak is seeking to use eminent domain to take over and renovate D.C.’s Union Station. (Washington Post)
  • Colorado Democrats now want to “pause” the gas fee they implemented just last year to pay for transit, environmental mitigation and other transportation programs. (Colorado Public Radio)
  • A $13 billion Charlotte regional transit referendum is unlikely to come together in time for a November vote. (WCNC)
  • A $750 million infrastructure package is up for a vote in Atlanta next month. (Urbanize Atlanta)
  • Commuters want New Jersey Transit to restore five bus routes to Philadelphia. (NJ.com)
  • A Kansas City study is the first step toward prioritizing transit-oriented development along bus lines. (KCUR)
  • San Francisco is lowering speed limits to 20 miles per hour on another dozen streets. (Chronicle)
  • The Colorado town of Cripple Creek is dreaming of a $75 million vintage streetcar system. (Mountain Jackpot)


High-Speed Rail vs. Low-Cost Bus

Last week I mentioned I was about to take Amtrak from DC to New York. Well, it cost over $200 (and there was nothing particularly “high speed” about that rail experience). Next time, I might take the bus instead. For all the attention given to the potential expansion of high-speed rail, there’s also been a […]

Intercity Trains: How Good Do Connections Need to Be?

Today on the Streetsblog Network, we return to the question of connectivity — or, to translate it out of transpo jargon, how to get there from here. The Transport Politic looks at one of the objections to high-speed rail: that people won’t want to ride it because when they arrive at their destination, transit connections […]

Security Measures for Buses and Trains? They Could Make Us Less Safe

Last week we talked a little bit about how mechanisms supposedly designed for safety, like cul-de-sacs and fire codes, have unintended effects that actually endanger the public. Today Cap’n Transit brings us another good example: New York Senator Chuck Schumer wants to add airport-like security measures to the nation’s buses and trains. What could possibly […]

Connecticut Train Collision Exposes Cracks in the Northeast Corridor

Investigators are still poring over Friday’s train derailment and collision in Connecticut. Early reports point to damaged track as the cause of the crash that injured 70 people. Meanwhile, Amtrak has said that the route connecting New York and Boston will be closed for several days while the investigation continues, and Metro-North says commuter rail service […]