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  • Will Spokane Give Downtown Transit Riders the Boot?

    20 August 2014, 11:15 am by: Angie Schmitt

    Transit in Spokane, Washington, is centered around a well-designed plaza in downtown. While the transit plaza is considered a national example of how to design good amenities for riders, a group of business owners is trying to move it somewhere else,…
  • A Call for Minimum Service Standards

    20 August 2014, 10:44 am by: Angie Schmitt

    » All across the country, transit agencies are opening new rail lines with inadequate service. At $37 million for two miles of track, Salt Lake City’s new S-Line, sometimes referred to as the Sugar House Streetcar, was one of the cheapest rail transit…
  • Don’t Blame Hills for Pittsburgh’s Pedestrian Injuries

    19 August 2014, 10:44 am by: Angie Schmitt

    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recently published an in-depth investigation of the city’s pedestrian safety record. The paper reported that 2,100 collisions injured or killed pedestrians in the city between 2006 and 2013. That should be a wake-up call, says…
  • Spokane’s Downtown is for People – and their Buses

    19 August 2014, 10:16 am by: Angie Schmitt

    On this side of the Cascades, we don’t often hear much about transit in Spokane. That’s a shame, because Spokane is not just Washington’s second most populous city — and perhaps Washington’s most beautiful city —  but it’s a place built around…
  • To Prevent Distracted Driving, New App Distracts Drivers

    18 August 2014, 11:00 am by: Angie Schmitt

    The new “heads-up” display system Navdy “feels like driving in the future,” according to its producers. The dash-mounted projector displays images from your phone on your windshield. The idea is that you can text and drive while keeping your eyes…
  • Frequent Networks: Escaping the “Food Desert”

    18 August 2014, 10:30 am by: Angie Schmitt

    For their piece on food deserts this week, National Geographic led off with this map of Houston. It shows where large numbers of people who lack cars are located more than 1/2 mile from a grocery store. “Public transportation may not fill the gap,” the…
  • Cincinnati Launching a 35-Station Bike-Share System Next Month

    15 August 2014, 10:49 am by: Angie Schmitt

    This hasn’t been a great year for bike-share launches in America, with the dominant operator, Alta Bicycle Share, struggling with supply chain problems. But there will be a new system coming online soon. Cincinnati will launch a bike-share system using the…
  • Charting the Essential Link Between Walkability and Transit

    14 August 2014, 11:16 am by: Angie Schmitt

    Want to guess which DC Metro stations do the most riders walk to? Your best bet is to count apartment buildings nearby. New data released by WMATA shows the strong link between the number of people who live close to the station and how many people can walk to…
  • New Report Finds Older Tri-State Pedestrians at Risk

    14 August 2014, 10:40 am by: Angie Schmitt

    Tri-state region pedestrians aged 60 years and older are disproportionately at risk of being killed in collisions with vehicles while walking, according to a new study by the Tri-State Transportation Campaign. From 2003 through 2012, 1,492 pedestrians aged 60…
  • Why Charging Transit Riders to Transfer Makes No Sense

    13 August 2014, 11:31 am by: Angie Schmitt

    Los Angeles Metro recently moved to eliminate the charge for transferring from one transit line to another. Eliminating transfer charges is becoming more widespread among transit agencies, and at Human Transit, Jarrett Walker explains why that’s a very good…

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