Friday’s Headlines: It Just Means More

Bill Haslam, left, helps unveil a sign announcing Knoxville as a Bicycle Friendly Community. ## Knoxville##
Bill Haslam, left, helps unveil a sign announcing Knoxville as a Bicycle Friendly Community. ## Knoxville##
  • The South has an often well-deserved reputation as a rural landscape punctuated by sprawling, auto-centric cities. But walkable SEC college towns like Knoxville are the exception to the rule. (Sports Illustrated)
  • Sexual harassment is a major problem on transit. (Transfers)
  • When considering whether to go fare-free, one way to look at it is whether transit is a public service that benefits everyone, like libraries or schools. (Christian Science Monitor)
  • Transit agencies draw employees who want to make a difference, and they want higher-ups to be less risk-averse. (Transit Center)
  • Billionaire CEO Tells Other Billionaire CEOs That Meeting Emissions Goals Will Be A Challenge (Wall Street Journal)
  • California’s plethora of paved surfaces is contributing to its flooding problem. (MSNBC)
  • The dream of high-speed rail in San Francisco isn’t dead, but only if the feds kick in a few billion dollars. (SFist)
  • Federal infrastructure funding will help design and plan a cap over Atlanta’s Downtown Connector. (Urbanize Atlanta)
  • Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has revived the idea of using cameras to catch drivers who park in bike and bus lanes. (Sun-Times)
  • North Carolina’s Research Triangle is once again exploring commuter rail, but the failure of the Durham-Orange County line hangs over the project. (Governing)
  • A tunnel carrying the Capital Crescent bike trail through Bethesda alongside the Purple Line could be delayed due to rising costs. (Washington Post)
  • Nashville is the latest city to propose a subsidy for buying e-bikes. (WPLN)
  • The Kansas City streetcar is extending its hours, anticipating growing ridership during an event-filled spring. (KSHB)
  • Is Vision Zero working in Houston? Too early to tell traffic deaths declined in 2022, but remain above pre-pandemic levels. (Axios)
  • A developer plans to turn 17 acres on Houston’s East End into a car-free neighborhood. (Houston Public Media)
  • Did it set back ambitious transit plans for decades? Maybe. But it’s still hilarious. The Ringer recounts the history of “The Simpsons” famous monorail episode.


Transit-Oriented Development: Beyond the Big City

We’re taking it out of the city and into the suburbs and small towns today on the Streetsblog Network. Member blog Urban City Architecture takes a look at Moving Communities Forward, a recently released report on transit-oriented development (TOD) from the American Institute of Architects and the Center for Transportation Studies at the University of […]

Today’s Headlines

Transportation planner and engineer Dan Burden talks walkable design (Streetsblog NYC) Democratic Sens. Dorgan & Merkley poised to introduce legislation codifying broad investment plan for electric cars (The Hill Blog) California high-speed rail could be built, and partly funded by, Beijing (NYT) Source says "no final decisions" have been made on whether the new Senate […]

Message From Copenhagen: Climate Plan Must Include Walkable Urbanism

The energy-saving benefits of transit aren’t limited to the transportation sector. (Image: Jonathan Rose Companies via Richard Layman) At a panel discussion yesterday at the Copenhagen climate summit, American policymakers and transit experts delivered a clear message: Walkable urban development must be part of any effective plan to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. Thanks to […]

Tentative Good News for Maryland's Purple and Red Lines

Since Republican Larry Hogan was elected governor in November, transit advocates in Maryland have been holding their breath. During the campaign, Hogan threatened to kill the mostly-funded and ready-to-go Red Line in Baltimore and the Purple Line in the DC suburbs — two of the biggest transit projects on tap in the U.S. A budget […]

Transit Speed and Urbanism: It’s Complicated

There’s been a rollicking online debate the past week on the subject of “slow transit.” Matt Yglesias at Vox and Yonah Freemark at Transport Politic noted the downsides of two transit projects — the DC streetcar and the Twin Cities’ Green Line, respectively — arguing that they run too slowly to deserve transit advocates’ unqualified […]