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Las Vegas Finally Antes Up for a Real Public Transit Network

August 18, 2014 For all the showy excess of Las Vegas, the city's public transportation network is strikingly understated. That's especially true on that casino-laden part of Las Vegas Boulevard known as the Strip. Bits and pieces of transit do exist there—double-decker buses, a monorail connecting the SLS (formerly the Sahara) with the ...

3 Big-Time Benefits of Real-Time Transit Data

August 15, 2014 Of the many pains a city bus can inflict—from the stop-and-go ride to the eye-to-armpit interaction—the harshest is the wait. Unsympathetic as they often seem, transit agencies don't enjoy this situation any more than riders do. A long enough wait might drive some people to drive, which not only creates ...

Transit Projects Shouldn't Take Longer to Finish in 2014 Than They Did in 1925

August 11, 2014 In July, the Los Angeles Metro reportedly gave contractors a "notice to proceed"with the county's latest rail project—a 1.9-mile light rail tunnel known as the Regional Connector. By joining several existing lines in Downtown Los Angeles, the connector will reduce transfers, improve travel times, and (officials hope) increase ridership. Conceived ...

The Ideal Commute Is Not Actually No Commute

August 7, 2014 I can't say for sure that I have the world's shortest commute, but if it were any shorter, I'd probably be dead. My commute is three each way: That would be steps, not stops or even minutes. Three steps from the threshold of my bedroom to that of my home ...

What Congress Should Be Talking About When It Talks About a National Transportation Plan

July 30, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Late Tuesday, with federal transportation funding set to run dry by the end of the week, the U.S. Senate approved a funding patch that would stem the tide through mid-December. That stands in contrast to a House-approved patch that would fund transportation through May. The Senate hopes the earlier deadline ...

Oregon's Pay-Per-Mile Road-Funding Program Continues to Evolve

July 9, 2014 We've seen this movie before, where Congress heads straight toward a transportation funding cliff it totally saw coming, so we know that lawmakers will find some awkward-and-unnecessarily-dramatic way to stop at the edge. That's great for all the jobs spared in the short term, but bad for the hope of ...

How Tolls Could Help Prevent a U.S. Transportation Crisis

May 8, 2014 Earlier this week, Joseph Kile of the Congressional Budget Office outlined for a Senate committee the dire situation that is the Highway Trust Fund. The fund that pays for U.S. highway and transit projects — largely populated by the weak federal gas tax — will more or less run out ...

How Twitter Could Help Police Departments Predict Crime

March 19, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Initially, Matthew Gerber didn't believe Twitter could help predict where crimes might occur. For one thing, Twitter's 140-character limit leads to slang and abbreviations and neologisms that are hard to analyze from a linguistic perspective. Beyond that, while criminals occasionally taunt law enforcement via Twitter, few are dumb or bold ...

How Driverless Cars Could Save the Government Lots and Lots of Money

February 21, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Most of us experience the inefficiencies of America's transportation system every day. Congestion costs us time, poor roads cost us car repair fees, unrealized safety improvements cause hardship, injury and even death. Brookings economist Clifford Winston recently put a number on these inefficiencies — at least $100 billion — and ...

Meet the Next-Generation Bus

September 9, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow For a lot of cities, the future of public transportation is going to be the good old bus. That doesn't mean the bus itself will be good and old. Mannheim, Germany, and Gumi, South Korea, recently joined a growing list of cities outfitting electric buses with "induction charging" — a ...