Wednesday’s Headlines Are Getting in Shape

The Cherry Creek trail running from downtown Denver 40 miles out to the suburbs was partially funded by TE grants. Photo: National Transportation Enhancements Clearinghouse
  • People are more likely to exercise if they have access to safe bike and pedestrian infrastructure. (Journal of Transport and Health)
  • If you want people to walk and bike more, get rid of street parking (Momentum Mag) and, in general, don’t let cars dominate curb space (Smart Cities Dive).
  • Robust transit is vital to Cleveland’s growth. (Crain’s)
  • Bay Area Rapid Transit is suffering from lost ridership more than most transit agencies because it’s always been so dependent on farebox revenue. (San Francisco Chronicle)
  • Some Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority officials are resigning themselves to the possibility that transit ridership will never fully recover. (Commonwealth)
  • Amtrak is studying passenger rail service along I-20 between Dallas and Meridian, Mississippi. (Associated Press)
  • A new bridge over the Columbia River connecting Washington and Oregon will cost just $500 million, but the whole project is 15 times that amount because it’s really a freeway widening project in disguise. (City Observatory)
  • An Oregon bill would let schools use their transportation budgets for things other than buses, like organizing mass bike rides and paying crossing guards. (KGW)
  • The L.A. Metro gave 10 million free rides to K-12 and community college students over the past eight months through its GoPass program. (The Source)
  • Could New Orleans-style vintage streetcars help the Atlanta streetcar line boost its ridership? (Urbanize Atlanta) After all, in Baltimore you can just find them in the woods (Banner).
  • Here’s a nice daylong bike ride to take if you live in Charlotte. (Axios)
  • Jakarta has gotten so polluted and congested that Indonesia is building a brand-new capital. (PBS)
  • The name of Switzerland’s new high-speed train don’t impress me much. (Jalopnik)



Feds Propose to Expand Opportunities for Biking and Walking to Transit

When it comes to infrastructure improvements that encourage more people to walk or bicycle to transit stations, how long will commuters be willing to travel? The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has officially answered that question, proposing a significant expansion of the rules governing how close bike-ped projects should be to transit in order to receive […]