What drove the driving downturn?

In an (academic) brawl over sprawl, planners are debating whether compact development contributed to a recent decrease in vehicles miles traveled. See Journal of the American Planning Association and CityLab By Richard Florida, 6 April 2017 Wikimedia Commons Since 2004, driving as measured by the number of vehicle miles traveled declined, reaching a two-decade low in 2012. Slumping figures for …

The hybrid plane that could halve the cost (and travel time) of flights: Boeing and JetBlue back hybrid-electric craft

Zunum Aero building 10-50 seat planes that ‘sip fuel only when they have to’ Firm claims this could allow them to tap into underutilized regional airports They say this could decrease travel times by 40 percent on busy routes  By Cheyenne MacDonald, Originally published in The Daily Mail, 6 April 2017 Boeing and JetBlue have turned their sights to hybrid-electric …

Transit ridership falling everywhere except cities with redesigned bus networks; CityLab says: stop asking whether Uber and Lyft are the enemy

Seattle offers protected bikeways.  Houston launched a totally redesigned bus network in 2015. The new system is designed to increase access to bus service that arrives at least every 15 minutes, as well as expand service on weekends and evenings. According to the FTA data, bus ridership in Houston grew 3.3 percent year over year. Seattle was one of the few …

Porterville, CA makes bus fleet fully electric

By James Ayre, 12 March 2017 Originally published on EV Obsession. The City of Porterville in California has entered into a sales contract with GreenPower Motor Company for the purchase of 10 EV350 40-foot zero-emission, all-electric, transit buses. The purchase will see all 9 of Porterville Transit’s routes go fully electric. Accompanying the purchase, 11 charging stations are to be …

Why Cities Are Starting to Decriminalize Fare Evasion

By Angie Schmitt on Streetsblog Mar 08, 2017 If you’re under 18 in California, jumping the turnstile can no longer saddle you with a criminal record. Last year, the state decriminalized transit fare evasion for minors, meaning young people can be fined but not charged with a misdemeanor. California State Senator Robert Hertzberg, who represents part of the San Fernando Valley, sponsored …

No Fare Transit Program in Longmont, Colorado

By Scott McCarey, Multimodal Division Manager, Boulder County Transportation, FHWA Livability Newsletter, February 2017 For many years, ridership on the four local City of Longmont transit routes was very low and Boulder County transportation staff suspected that the $2.25 fare was suppressing transit ridership. Regional Transportation District (RTD), the transit service provider for Longmont, conducted surveys revealing that 62 percent …