The electrification of commuter rail service between San Jose and San Francisco was all but ready to begin construction when Donald Trump's transportation secretary, Elaine Chao, pulled the rug out from under the project earlier this month. Local officials are trying to adjust on the fly to salvage the project.
Transit ridership decreased in almost every major American city last year. But there were two notable exceptions -- Seattle and Houston. Those two outliers share one thing in common: In addition to expanding light rail, they're both redesigning their bus networks.
It's not uncommon for bitter disputes to develop when state DOTs come into urban neighborhoods and start making changes to state-controlled streets. Pennsylvania DOT has a different idea: Rather than just muscle everything through, the agency will incorporate local ideas before engineering and design work gets started.
Uber, Lyft, and other app-based ride services are unequivocally worsening gridlock in the Manhattan core and also slowing down vehicular travel in northern Manhattan and the western parts of Queens and Brooklyn, according to a report released today by transportation analyst Bruce Schaller.
This fall, DOT and the MTA will unveil their plan to keep New Yorkers moving when the L train west of Bedford Avenue shuts down for repairs. But what if the L train went away and nothing took its place? A new mapping tool from Sidewalk Labs, “NYC Transit Explorer,” shows how far you can get via transit from any point in a given amount of time. It also includes an option to see how things change when you strip the western segment of the L train out of the system.
The de Blasio administration has reduced fatalities every year -- the first time in more than a decade the city has had a streak of three years with declining traffic deaths. But the pace of improvement leveled off in 2016, highlighting how much work remains to reach the Vision Zero target.
Tomorrow, the Metro board will be voting on a recommended alternative for future run-through tracks at Union Station. The new loop tracks would extend Union Station’s existing stub-end tracks. The project will include tracks running on a new wide 101 Freeway bridge just east of the existing Gold Line bridge. The new L-shaped bridge will connect trains to […]
So here we are. Trapped in other people's debates. Unable to address the really urgent questions we should be addressing about how we are growing as a city. And forced to take a developer-friendly position just to maintain a deeply imperfect status quo.
Metro's Construction Committee approved a motion for short- and long-term improvements to Metro's oldest and busiest light rail line.
It's encouraging to hear that all the candidates are generally in favor of improving walking, biking, and transit, but some had more to say about the subject than others.
Leaders with the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization are worried about the diesel exhaust from trucks passing through the neighborhood and the potential health and safety risks that this traffic poses for residents.
In response to the Hopkins-ordered bike sting and other ward transportation and planning issues, local urban planner and mother Lindsay Bayley sent an open letter to the alderman this week.
Last week, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition (SFBC) launched a letter-writing drive to make sure protected bike lanes are part of SFMTA’s Upper Market Street Safety Project from Octavia to the start of the Duboce bicycle path. And, Streetsblog learned this afternoon, it looks as if the campaign worked. First, from the article published last week […]
Last night, at the Mission Police Station on Valencia, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) held an open house on making 17th Street, between Church and Sanchez, safer for cyclists. As many Streetsblog readers are aware, the railway tracks and the width of the street make for particularly hazardous conditions for cyclists traveling between […]
Caltrain staffers and transit advocates are urging people to sign a White House petition to convince President Trump to save its $2 billion electrification project. From the petition: Mr. Trump, You have said infrastructure and jobs will be a keystone of your administration. When you spoke with Silicon Valley leaders you praised their innovation and said “anything we […]
The last time Denver Public Works gave buses their own space on a public street was 1982 — 35 years ago — when the 16th Street Mall opened.
You can add Denver to the list of cities with a group fighting to shape growth with more homes, less sprawl, and better ways to get around without a car.
Governor Jerry Brown responded to President Trump's call for a list of infrastructure priorities with a list of highway expansions, with a dollop of transit and one urgent waterway.
Caltrans already has a “Complete Streets Program.” But the department too often makes moving vehicles a priority over safe and attractive infrastructure for people not sitting in a car.
Richard Masoner at Cyclelicious has a roundup of new bicycle-related bills introduced just before California’s deadline on Friday. Two are big news, including one that should clarify the rules about what the law about staying to the right actually means. A.B. 694, says Masoner, as of this writing completely removes the text ‘as close as […]
Louisville has made some serious progress in building up its bike network, but there’s a lot of work still to be done.
Statewide, roadway fatalities continued their steady increase, with a disturbing 9% increase from 2015 for both people walking and people riding bikes.
Last year a Charlottean became Atlanta’s planning director. Tim Keane grew up in Charlotte, graduated from UNC Charlotte and went on to be planning director 1994-1999 in the north Mecklenburg town of Davidson.
The Central Ohio Transit Authority started its NextGen initiative nearly two years ago, hoping to lay out a long-term vision for the future of transit in the region.
Watch out: The leader of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is making a push for an infrastructure spending spree, even though the current federal transportation funding law doesn't expire for several years. Advocates will have to guard against a new road-building binge.
The bus network in Columbus is about to change in a big way, and the Central Ohio Transit Authority is working hard to get the word out before the new routes take effect on May 1.
the Great Rivers Greenway and Trailnet are eager for the Rock Island Trail to approach their regional trail network. The Katy Trail is just a few miles away at Washington, where the new Highway 47 Bridge over the Missouri River will be bike-friendly.
Back in September 2016, on the 20th, I received a press release from our transit agency Metro — aka Bi-State Development: SWANSEA, IL, SEPT. 20, 2016… Southwestern Illinois Development Authority (SWIDA), in partnership with Bywater Development Group and Bi-State Development (BSD), is pleased to announce a new, $10.5 million development that ...
In a development described as “gaining momentum“, the long-planned Chouteau Greenway may get something of a start next year. A…
The bill would create a Vision Zero Task Force that would present a traffic safety plan to the legislature in 2018, with the goal of reducing fatalities in Texas 50 percent by 2029 and to zero by 2050.
Yesterday Texas State Representative Celia Israel called for passage of the Safe Neighborhood Streets Bill (HB 1368). She was joined by Austin Mayor Steve Adler, Fort Worth Council Member Ann Zadeh, and Houston Public Works and Engineering Department Deputy Director Jeff Weatherford, as well as Representative Helen Giddings, who said that she would be the first co-sponsor of the bill.
Though Houston is known as diverse city, and it’s a welcoming city, Houston hasn’t historically been seen as a protest city. That’s not necessarily due to a lack of trying.