Rochester just converted part of its Inner Loop highway into a surface street, a similar project is underway in New Haven, and freeway teardowns are in play in many other American cities. Now you can add Kansas City to the list of places getting serious about removing a highway to save money, improve walkability, and open downtown land for development.
More than 40,000 Americans were killed in traffic last year, according to new estimates from the National Safety Council, the worst toll in a decade. The U.S. transportation system claims far more lives each year than peer countries. If America achieved the same fatality rate as the UK, more than 30,000 lives would be saved each year.
With more American cities raising impressive sums to expand transit, the question of how to invest effectively is increasingly essential. So far, few places have hit on a policy combination that makes transit more useful to more people. To help cities "get transit right," Streetsblog is launching a new series about which transit strategies are working and which are not.
The Port Authority announced plans yesterday to add some breathing room for biking and walking around the towers on the George Washington Bridge. Currently the paths narrow and jog around the towers at tight angles -- the new "wedges" will make for a more comfortable ride.
DOT and the MTA have a timetable for releasing their plan to keep L train riders moving when the western portion of the line is shut down for Sandy-related repairs. At a workshop last night, the agencies said they would release a preliminary plan in the spring and a final plan in the fall, with implementation to follow in 2018.
Don't count on MTA interim chief Veronique "Ronnie" Hakim to inject a sense of urgency into the task of turning around the agency's sputtering bus system. In testimony to state legislators this afternoon, Hakim repeated the same excuses the MTA has given for months to justify stonewalling on fare technology that promises to speed up bus trips.
Metro's Construction Committee approved a motion for short- and long-term improvements to Metro's oldest and busiest light rail line.
It was never going to be easy to shift Los Angeles decision-makers attitudes to care more about keeping people alive than about moving cars. Nonetheless, L.A.’s mayor and city council have approved the city’s Vision Zero policy, and directed city departments to work together to, over time, reduce L.A. traffic fatalities to zero. Unfortunately, the […]
Metro opens its first rail exit into a private development, downtown L.A.'s redeveloped "The Bloc" mall.
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.
Devon Warner is a volunteer and advocate who has organized San Francisco's "Ride of Silence," which commemorates cyclists killed, for the past three years. She kicked off this year's round of prep last night at Cafe International in the Lower Haight.
Want people to walk, bike and use transit? Then it's got to feel safe.
Yesterday evening, at the San Francisco Transit Rider’s new digs on Folsom Street in downtown, Sara Barz of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and Arielle Fleisher, with the San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR), gave presentations about the move to replace the Clipper fare-collection system with a new generation of technology […]
Thursday night at Swansea Recreation Center, opponents of the I-70 expansion took over CDOT's open house, wearing black bandanas over their faces to symbolize the pollution they'd breathe should the agency dig a highway trench in contaminated soil.
The number of B-Cycle trips fell for the third straight year in 2016.
The California Air Resources Board will postpone its decision on strategies to meet 2030 greenhouse gas reduction targets until June. Staff presented a proposed alternative to cap-and-trade that at least one listener called a "straw man."
The urgency has only increased since last year, but the only thing all participants seem to agree on is that something needs to be done.
The Orange County Transportation Authority is studying twelve different transit options, including Bus Rapid Transit and a streetcar, for the highest-transit-use corridor in the county.
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…
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.
A group of neighbors worked together to install a temporary traffic calming measure on McBee Street at Ruiz in Austin's Mueller neighborhood for one day -- the last day of 2016.