Visa to launch touchless transit fare system this spring, which can reportedly be done without replacing current turnstiles or terminal hardware

Visa to launch touchless transit fare system Rio de Janeiro will be the first city to roll out the system this spring, which can reportedly be done without replacing current turnstiles or terminal hardware. Katie Pyzyk, Smart Cities Dive, Feb. 26, 2019 Visa and smart card technology company Planeta Informatica have jointly released technology for contactless payments at transit turnstiles. Visa Secure Access Module …

Infill, more walkability, protected bikeways and more frequent transit service helped Minneapolis and Seattle reduce driving

How Two Cities Actually Reduced Driving, by Angie Schmitt, Streetsblog, Feb 8, 2019  27 Photo: The Urbanist Two American cities have finally cracked one of the hardest codes in city planning: Even with low gas prices, even with population growth, even with Uber and Lyft circling 24/7, Minneapolis and Seattle have reduced the amount of driving in their cities. Vehicle miles traveled are down 2 …

Can road pricing make transit more equitable if income is used for free transit, walk and bike infrastructure improvements?

Can road pricing be used to make LA’s transportation system more equitable? By Rayla Bellis, SSTI, February 11th, 2019 Tags: equity, road pricing California nonprofit TransForm and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) recently released a new report and toolkit with guidance for bringing equity into the implementation of congestion pricing. While conversations about congestion pricing and equity often focus on minimizing the negative—reducing disproportionate impacts to …

Lack of adequate public transit service exacerbates environmental and economic disparities as well as climate change

By Basav Sen, Inequality.org, February 7, 2019 | https://popularresistance.org/lets-honor-rosa-parks-by-continuing-her-struggle-for-transit-equity/CREATE!  The lack of adequate public transit service exacerbates environmental and economic disparities as well as climate change. Only 5.2 percent of commuters nationwide use public transit to get to work, but 11 percent each of Black and Asian-American commuters and 7.7 percent of Latinx commuters use transit. People of color are clearly more dependent on transit. This is …

Climate Mobilization Emergency Resolutions passed by local governments and 10 year decarbonization plans

Hoboken, NJ and Montgomery County, MD have led the way by passing resolutions brought by TCM organizers unanimously.  You can download the full resolution texts. Download their resolutions below, and use them as a jumping off point for drafting your own. HOBOKEN, NJ RESOLUTION MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MD RESOLUTION BERKELEY, CA RESOLUTION   RICHMOND, CA RESOLUTION HOBOKEN, NJ RESOLUTION OAKLAND, CA …

Tailpipe pollution here is going up, not down in California: alternatives short of a combustion vehicle ban

Reuters excerpt, Feb 3 2019 …Tailpipe pollution here is going up, not down, despite billions of dollars spent by one of the most environmentally progressive governments on earth. “The strategies that we’ve used up until now just haven’t been effective,” Mary Nichols, the head of the California Air Resources Board, told Reuters. That failure has less to do with energy …

L.A. may charge drivers by the mile, adding freeway tolls to cut congestion

By LAURA J. NELSON, LA Times JAN 22, 2019  Morning commuters face heavy traffic on the express lanes on the 10 Freeway. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s focus on congestion pricing could lead to similar lanes on other freeways across Los Angeles County. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times) For years, Southern California lawmakers have tried to steer clear of decisions that make …

In an Unequal America, Getting to Work Can Be Hell: Welcome to the world of transit deserts and extreme commutes, where your income can determine if and how you reach your job

By Joseph P. Williams in The Nation, Jan. 29, 2019,  This feature was supported by the Economic Hardship Reporting Project. https://www.thenation.com/article/transit-deserts-extreme-commuters-inequality/ A woman waits at a lonely bus stop. (Skitterphoto, Creative Commons) They don’t know each other; they live 60 miles apart; and, at least on the surface, Carrie Blough and Karen Allen don’t have much in common. But ask them about their journeys …

TransitScreen, MobilityData form open transit data platform

Jason Plautz@Jason_Plautz on Smart Cities Dive Jan. 11, 2019 Washington, DC-based software company TransitScreen and nonprofit MobilityData announced they are collaborating on an open data platform that will share global public transit and mobility information. The partners have acquired TransitFeeds, the mobility data commons that serves 6 million data requests a year, to build the new OpenMobilityData platform. OpenMobilityData will fully integrate with transit …