Germany considering free public transportation to take on air pollution

DW Feb 2018 Facing EU penalties over poor air quality, Germany has said it wants to test free public transport in five cities. Bonn and Essen are among the cities to serve as testing ground for the new project. Under pressure from the European Union to rein in air pollution, the German government said it is considering a plan that …

Selling the vision for transit and pooling

Car companies sell a dream, where cars literally represent the American dream. In these ads, the car itself is freedom. It allows you to find your true self, your dream self where you drive fast, you go into the mountains and nothing stands between you and panoramic vistas. In the city version of your car-commercial-dream-self, you skid around corners on empty streets …

Southern Californians purchased cars at a rate four times higher than they did during the 1990s

The UCLA authors weren’t able to conclusively link gentrification-driven displacement in central Los Angeles to ridership loss—the data needed to draw such a conclusion isn’t readily available—but they did say there are plenty of indicators that show such neighborhood change might be linked transit declines. The topic, they say, “warrants substantial further research.”  The lion’s share of Metro’s ridership loss is taking …

Where Are the Gaps in Your Transit System?

By Angie Schmitt, Feb 6, 2018, on StreetsBlog  1 The red areas mark parts of Miami where transit demand is high but service is underwhelming. Map: Center for Neighborhood Technology Where should your city aim to add transit service? The places where more buses and trains will be most useful are areas where lots of people live or work, but there’s not enough service …

Uber, the “Metropocalypse,” and Economic Inequality

Posted on February 5, 2018 by Working-Class Perspectives, Georgetown, DC Public transit infrastructure in Washington, D.C. is crumbling. Metro and bus services have been cut. Fares have gone up. And, safety remains a problem. After 40 years of deferred maintenance, poor management, and the lack of decent, long-term funding, the Metro system needs $1.4 billion worth of repairs, and it must close …

For public transit agencies losing riders, microtransit might be an answer

Chicago Tribune and Washington Post Debra Dezon, left, asks microtransit driver John Scott for a ride along the Georgia Avenue route of the District of Columbia’s microtransit services system. Cities and transit agencies are experimenting with microtransit, which provide transportation options in underserved areas. (Jahi Chikwendiu / The Washington Post) Luz LazoWashington Post Declines in public transit ridership are pushing …

MARTA to get new trains, Wi-Fi throughout, mobile payment:A contract for new cars, worth $1 billion, should be signed early this year.

By Michael Kahn  Jan 8, 2018, 10:32am EST 59 in Curbed JTesFaye When MARTA began rail service in 1979, technology was of course much different than today. But surprisingly, the original trains the system opened with are still running nearly four decades later. That’s all set to change. Curbed Atlanta According to WABE, MARTA plans to replace its entire rail fleet. The project will bring new, modern …

List of Streetfilms

By Category up to Feb 1 2018 Category Video Title Date Published Plays Bicycles The Netherlands Megamix Bike Montage 2018-01-06 17480 Bicycles London Cycling Works: How Savvy Campaigning Got 180 Employers to Support Bike Lanes 2017-12-06 5489 Bicycles Gawk at the Great New Bike Access to the Williamsburg Bridge From Brooklyn 2017-11-22 3839 Bicycles 300+ People Create Human Protected Bike …