Public Transit

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Elon’s Tunnel Under The Sepulveda Pass

The internet has been abuzz with Elon Musk’s recent proclamation that he will dig a tunnel under the 405 (the busiest freeway in the US) to ease his brutal commute from Bel Air to Hawthorne. While most writers, even ours, are as knowledgable about boring tunnels as Elon is, there are some folks in LA who know all there […]

December 23rd

Florida City First In U.S. To Subsidize Uber Rides

Reuters.com recently reported that Altamonte Springs, Florida, will be the first U.S. city to subsidize Uber services in an attempt to reduce traffic and increase transit ridership. The Orlando suburb has currently allocated $500,000 to cover 20% of Uber trips within city limits and 25% of trips to or from a SunRail station. The program, […]

March 24th

Which States Are Raising The Gas Tax?

Over the last few years, raising gas taxes has been a trendy answer to improving transportation infrastructure across the United States. When raising funds for improving transit, it has often been suggested that states raise the tax on gasoline and diesel fuel. This year, there are at least 9 states, according to taxjusticeblog.org, that are […]

March 5th

Brooklyn–Queens Connection: The Future of NYC Transit

In a $2.2 billion proposal, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio looks to begin installation of a 16 mile streetcar line connecting Brooklyn and Queens via the East River. The idea is to facilitate transportation for some of New York’s growing, yet still transit-deficient, areas. Imagine a trolley system lining the East River and delivering a long-awaited public transit […]

February 6th

Public Transportation Decreases In 2015

The number of US public transit riders took a dip at the beginning of 2015 according to the American Public Transportation Association. Approximately 5.3 billion trips were taken on public transportation during the first 6 months of last year — a decrease of roughly 50 million as opposed to 2014. Certain public transit systems actually recorded […]

February 4th

Public Transportation Saves You Money

With the new year of 2016 well underway, how well have you kept your new year’s resolution? Whether it be to lose a few pounds, save a few dollars or do your part creating a better future, public transportation is a great way to knock out all three. It’s easy to understand why billions of people […]

February 2nd

Public Transportation Saves Up To $16,000 Per Year

Via Bikocity: We are all aware of the financial argument for using public transportation — it is way, way cheaper. Weighing out the costs and benefits is tricky, but the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) monthly Transit Savings Reports have made it beautifully clear. Ranking the savings for the 20 cities with the highest rates of public transportation […]

September 15th

Public Transportation Key To ‘Great’ Neighborhoods

Via Bikocity: Three urban planning scholars of Arizona State University and MIT have published a study critiquing the American Planning Association’s selection of “Great Neighborhoods.” The study’s writers take issue with the fact that these “great neighborhood” rankings fail to take into account affordability or social diversity, while being lauded as a definitive voice in […]

September 15th

San Fran Leads Nation In Reduction Of Solo Car Commuting

The San Francisco Bay Area saw the greatest shift from solo auto commuting to “alternative” forms of transportation in the whole of the country for the years of 2006 through 2013, according to new figures from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. In 2012, the San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA, metropolitan statistical area even had the third-lowest […]

September 6th

Palo Alto: Electric Vehicle & Clean Transport Leader (Exclusive Video)

Originally published on CleanTechnica. Third in my series on the Renewable Cities “Trends, innovations, and barriers in electrifying transportation” panel that I moderated, this article is about Gil Friend’s wonderful presentation. (See my intro and Brian Hansen’s presentation on Copenhagen electrification and clean transport for the prequels.) Gil is Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Palo Alto, and is […]

August 27th

Complete Transportation In Copenhagen (Exclusive Video)

Following up on my intro for the “Electrifying Transport” panel at the recent Renewable Cities Global Learning Forum in Vancouver, Canada, his piece shares and summarizes the presentation given by Brian Hansen, Head of Department Citywide Strategies for the City of Copenhagen. While the panel was generally about the electrification of transportation, some of the panelists noted the importance of a […]

August 25th