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California Drivers Are About to Give High-Speed Rail a Big Funding Boost

March 5, 2015 The California high-speed rail project got a big funding cushion last summerwhen the state set aside 25 percent of cap-and-trade revenue for the $67.6 billion bullet train between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Now it turns out that cushion might be much bigger than expected. The state's latest budget anticipates ...

6 Reasons New York's Latest Traffic Pricing Plan Will Succeed

February 18, 2015 The dream of road pricing will never die in New York, and on Tuesday it got a new injection of life. Move NY, a rapidly expanding coalition involving former city traffic engineer Sam Schwartz, released its "final" plan to charge drivers for the congestion they create heading into Manhattan's central ...

America's Infrastructure Crisis Is Really a Maintenance Crisis

February 13, 2015 It's long been time to focus more on maintaining America's existing roads and less on building new ones. The National Highway System already connects virtually all of the areas worth connecting. Driving peaked circa 2004—and even earlier in some states. Traffic remains bad in many metros, but by itself expanding ...

Say Goodbye to the Classic White Boxy U.S. Postal Truck

February 13, 2015 The classic white boxy U.S. Postal Service truck that's been roaming American streets for decades just received a Dear John letter. The agency has issued a Request for Information for a "Next Generation Delivery Vehicle" it hopes will replace the existing fleet by 2018. Here's Automotive News, which spotted the ...

Every City Should Have Something Like San Francisco's Mass Transit Access Map

February 11, 2015 Transportation planner Chris Pangilinan likes to think of a public transit agency as a manufacturer that sells a product, and that product is access. Not rides; sure, we can enjoy the physical act of traveling, but that's not our primary motivation when we swipe our fare cards. Access: getting to ...

A 30-Year Plan for U.S. Transportation Summed Up by One Word: Choice

February 3, 2015 On Monday the U.S. Secretary of Transportation rode in a driverless car to a tech campus serviced by private bus transit in an area of the country targeted for high-speed rail. He fielded questions about pedestrian safety and delivery drones and gave answers about bicycle lanes and vertical development. To ...

The Remarkable Turnaround of Atlanta Public Transit

January 28, 2015 Atlanta's transit agency, MARTA, was on the brink of financial disaster when Keith Parker arrived as CEO in December of 2012. Ridership was down roughly 5 percent on the previous year. Annual losses ranged upwards of $33 million. An outside audit found the agency's business model to be "structurally unsustainable" ...

Driverless Car Test Districts Are Coming

January 17, 2015 The question of when driverless cars will arrive is going to be easier for some cities to answer than others. In the United States, they're coming very soon to the cradle of American automobiles. Ann Arbor, Michigan, a hop-skip from Detroit, is getting set to launch M City—a 32-acre testing ...

The Chart That Toppled San Diego's Long-Term Transportation Plan

December 18, 2014 Late last month, a California appeals court upheld an earlier decision that undermined San Diego's massive, $214 billion plan for regional mobilitythrough the year 2050. The ruling is expected to be appealed, but if it holds, the metro area's entire highway and transit network might be transformed as a result. ...

When Cops Violate Civil Rights, It's City Taxpayers Who Pay

December 4, 2014 We know criminal justice won't be served in the case of Eric Garner, at least at the local level. A Staten Island grand jury made sure of that Wednesday by failing to indict Daniel Pantaleo of the NYPD, whose videotaped chokehold led to Garner's death in the eyes of a ...