He canceled the Red Line, which would serve predominantly black Baltimore neighborhoods, but not the Purple Line, which will serve a whiter, more affluent population but is not demonstrably more cost-effective.
Eight years in the making, the project was undone by suburban opposition. Now, transit advocates in Michigan's capital are figuring out what can be done to improve transit while their opponents take a victory lap.
This week's guest is Matt Horton of Proterra, a company that designs and manufactures battery powered electric buses. We cover the basics of electric buses, power consumption and recharging, the benefits and costs, as well as potential environmental effects.
According to 2015 U.S. Census data, most households citywide don't own a car, car-owning households tend to be more affluent than car-free ones, and the vast majority of New Yorkers don't drive to work.
While public awareness of New York's high transit construction costs has been growing in fits and starts, action to address the problem has been lacking. And that won't change until there are clear consequences for the people in charge.
New York, you may have heard, is about to get invaded by a swarm of bike-share companies - often described as "dockless" bike-share because they use "smart locks," not fixed stations, to secure the bicycles. But dockless systems have been operating in American cities for some time now. The real distinguishing feature of the new arrivals is that they're financed like Silicon Valley start-ups.
Metro celebrated the retirement of Harriet the Tunnel Boring Machine, which built two mile-long tunnels below Crenshaw Boulevard. Metro's Crenshaw/LAX light rail line is expected to open in Fall 2019.
Yesterday, Metro’s Planning and Programming Committee approved final project definitions for a future Eastside Gold Line extension. If approved by the full board next week, the project moves forward into procuring a consultant to do environmental clearance studies. The Eastside Gold Line extensions are funded in the Measure M expenditure plan with two phases: $534 million […]
"Does it feel like you're the...you're the token black woman who's making the circuit in the bicycle and transportation realm to fit...an ideal of inclusiveness and diversity?" It's an awkward question to ask someone directly.
As the city strives to build more protected bikeways, this unfortunate episode underscores the need for CDOT to earn community buy-ins before construction and do extensive outreach afterward.
After a driver injured Carey Wintergreen on his bicycle, he knew he’d have a long road to recovery. What he didn’t realize is that he’d have to fight his own health insurance company to avoid getting much of his compensation confiscated.
In the wake of a Tribune report on disproportionate bike ticketing in African-American communities, two local cycling advocates say they're determined to hold the police department accountable for ending its unfair enforcement practices.
Katherine Roberts was biking home to the Haight from a Passover Seder in the Dogpatch at 11:30 on April 11. It was raining heavily. She got to Church and Duboce and slowed to let an outbound N-Judah pass. When she started to pedal again, the wheel of her folding bike slipped and got caught by […]
The board of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) gave final approval yesterday for a plan to install parking protected bike lanes on the eastbound side of 13th Street in SoMa. “This fills an important gap in our bike network,” said Charles Deffarges, community organizer for the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition (SFBC), during the board […]
The San Francisco Transit Riders (SFTR) has hired its first Executive Director, Rachel Hyden. “We did a thorough search…and interviewed many good people,” said Thea Selby, SFTR chair, in the official announcement made last week. “Hiring Executive Director Hyden means that we have the capacity to reach out to more diverse riders around the city and be […]
RTD's on-time goals for buses have been out of reach for years, according to transit agency staffers. Rather than try to attain them, RTD is poised to draw the goalposts closer in 2018.
The Federal Highway Administration last week decided to double down on the tradition of dismissing civil rights complaints from residents who want the Colorado Department of Transportation to nix plans for a wider I-70 in their backyards.
When the sea of parking lots around three RTD train stations next to downtown catapulted Denver to victory in Streetsblog's Parking Madness tournament — bringing some much-deserved shame to our city — it was a relief.
The CTC is responsible for programming and allocating money for most of the state's transportation projects, so it's a pretty important body. But Governor Brown must either believe that things are going well on the commission, or that decisions made by the CTC don't really matter.
A bill that would have ended consideration of a potential tunnel on the 710 freeway through Pasadena fell short of votes. Assembly Transportation Committee members hesitated to step into what they call a "local issue."
Despite some local opposition, a quiet rural road in California benefits from a new roundabout, which was cheaper to build than a signalized intersection. It's also safer.
A project older than the blog, a section of Peace Street has been marked for upgrades for over a decade.
We’ve been demonizing gentrification for years with little result. Promoting “housing security” may be a better focus .
Walking the area gives you a sense that it is coming together and you can feel how you’ll interact with the new train station once it is open.
Motorists with smart phones use their devices in 88 out of every 100 trips, according to data collected by Zendrive, a company that assesses driving behavior using the sensors in smart phones. Extrapolating to the entire population, Zendrive estimates there are about 600 million trips involving distracted driving in the U.S. each day.
More than 100 people showed up on a Wednesday evening in Cleveland to participate in a discussion about the future of transit in Northeast Ohio.
This is the year Cleveland turns its attention to vibrant green space.
we can imagine downtown St. Louis as the center of the region but must recognize that it is not. How we understand this should inform policy and planning decisions regarding transit, retail, development subsidies and more. That is, you simply can’t create development strategy without recognizing the unique position of downtown St. Louis.
Many, including regional elected officials, letters to the editor, and others, are pushing the idea of turnstiles as a way to increase public safety on our MetroLink light rail system. This is incredibly ill-informed because turnstiles, physical and virtual, are meant to combat fare-evasion.
In recent years, voters across the nation have proven they are willing to approve major infrastructure initiatives if they include public transportation, bicycling, walking, and trails. Tuesday we saw that the trend holds true in Missouri as well.
New research from New Jersey shows huge gaps in conventional wisdom.
This week, the Governors Highway Safety Administration issued a press release telling state DOTs that instead of telling people not to drink and drive, they should tell everyone, including pedestrians and cyclists, not to drink and go anywhere.
America's traffic safety establishment has long been focused on "behavioral" explanations for traffic deaths -- things like seatbelt usage and drunk driving. By ignoring the role of the high-speed, car-centric transportation systems they've created, they don't have to face their own culpability.