What Would Providing Every City with High-Quality, Zero-Emissions Public Transportation Look Like? Also first USDOT Ped Safety Plan

A major investment in transit would be pricey but would drastically improve access and quality. Improving transit quality in every urban area to, at minimum, conditions in the Dallas region would cost an additional $2.2 billion annually. This would be a 4.5 percent increase nationally in operating budgets but would expand per capita transit service by 30.3 percent for the …

The post-pandemic transportation system has to reward transit riders, bicyclists and pedestrians with safe, efficient and comfortable ways to travel – starting with restoring bus and rail service cuts for transit-dependent riders

By THE LA TIMES EDITORIAL BOARD DEC. 16, 2020 Here’s one more way that COVID-19 could leave a lasting mark: The pandemic has decimated public transit. Without swift action to restore bus and rail service and a serious commitment to building transit-friendly communities, Los Angeles will suffer from ever-worsening traffic, air pollution, carbon emissions and inequality long after the coronavirus is …

Cities Deserve Transit Aid: It’s Only Fair. Public transportation in NYC is around $2/trip

The Hill, December 2020, American Enterprise Institute – excerpt In the biggest cities, transit is relatively efficient, notwithstanding high labor costs. Notably, in New York City, which accounts for a third of all public transit trips in the U.S. each year, costs per passenger trip average just $2.50; the equivalent figure for heavy rail (meaning subway) is just $1.93. In contrast, federal data show …

Severe Transit Cuts Would Cripple U.S. Economy, Experts Warn

New York’s MTA plans to slash subway service, and other cities have proposed brutal budget cuts if federal transit support doesn’t arrive.  By Laura BlissNovember 19, 2020, 3:06 PM EST Like a tree without roots or a body without a spine, New York City would collapse without its subway system. That kind of dire outcome is a real risk if transit cuts proposed in …

Start-up bets on new model for putting electric school buses on the road

Sarah Shemkus November 2, 2020, US Energy News Duncan McIntyre, left, CEO Highland Electric Transportation, stands by as Beverly Mayor Michael Cahill speaks during a ceremony unveiling the first electric school bus for the Beverly school district, Thursday, Oct 8, 2020. © David Sokol / USA TODAY NETWORK Highland Electric Transportation has partnered with a Massachusetts city to provide electric …

Bosselman: Colorado doesn’t need a useless rail line. It needs true high-speed rail

By ANDY BOSSELMAN  Denver Post, November 8, 2020 Momentum is building for a new passenger rail line that would extend 191 miles from Fort Collins to Pueblo. According to a survey for the Front Range Passenger Rail Commission, such a line has overwhelming public support. Significant federal funding could become available, too. But don’t imagine yourself zipping around on a high-speed …

Building a carfree neighborhood in an auto-centric area

Culdesac Tempe is a 17-acre lot just across the Salt River from Phoenix. Currently a mess of dust and heavy equipment, the site will eventually feature 761 apartments, 16,000 square feet of retail, 1,000 residents — and exactly zero places for them to park. The people who live there will be contractually forbidden to park a car on site or …

Post-COVID Transportation Infrastructure: A major shift to public transit and active modes is the only realistic answer

Streetsblog, Oct 2020 Study: We Can’t Fix Transportation-Related Climate Emissions With EVs Alone: And a major shift to public transit and active modes is the only realistic answer. By Kea Wilson Oct 2, 2020 The U.S. can’t simply electrify its way out of the transportation-related carbon disaster — and thinking that it can might actually delay what really works: shifting people …

Is It Time to Rip Out the Farebox?

Governing Magazine. Making public transit free might seem a crazy idea, but it has benefits that can outweigh the costs. It’s widespread in Europe, and more American transit agencies should give it a serious look. THOMAS DAY AND ANDY WAKEFIELD, INTUEOR CONSULTING   |   OCTOBER 1, 2020   |  OPINION We don’t charge a fare for people to enjoy a walk through …

From garden streets to bike highways: four ideas for post-Covid cities – visualised

As the pandemic wreaks havoc on existing structures, we look at some visions for post-Covid cities – and how they hold up Chris Michael, Lydia McMullan and Frank Hulley-Jones in The Guardian, 25 Sep 2020 There is a huge, looming, unanswerable question that overshadows our cities, like an elephant squatting in the central square. Will a Covid-19 vaccine or herd immunity return us …