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  • Big Cuts in Store for Seattle Transit After Voters Reject Ballot Measure

    23 April 2014, 11:14 am by: Angie Schmitt

    It looks like Seattle’s Prop 1, the ballot measure that could have fended off major cuts for Seattle transit, did not win a majority of the votes in yesterday’s election. Counting will likely go on for a while now, but early returns show Prop 1 failing by…
  • How Cities Should Frame the Way They Think About Mobility

    22 April 2014, 11:04 am by: Angie Schmitt

    The evidence that our transportation systems are producing less-than-optimal results speaks for itself — whether it’s grinding congestion, obscene traffic fatality rates, or the greenhouse gases we’re spewing into the atmosphere at catastrophic rates.…
  • Portland’s Tilikum Crossing, a Bridge for the 21st Century

    21 April 2014, 10:52 am by: Angie Schmitt

    Tilikum Crossing, a new bridge across the Willamette River in Portland, is everything the hated Columbia River Crossing was not. While the CRC would have devoted billions to expanding car lanes and new highway interchanges, the Tilikum will serve only…
  • No One Noticed, but Fresno Killed its Proposed BRT System

    21 April 2014, 10:29 am by: Angie Schmitt

    Nashville, and the ludicrous attempts to ban bus rapid transit (BRT) there by state legislators, has been getting all the news lately, but it’s not the only BRT system to see its future flushed down the toilet by short-sighted elected officials. After two…
  • Suppressing the Housing Supply in Cities Isn’t Progressive

    18 April 2014, 10:42 am by: Angie Schmitt

    The housing affordability crisis in cities like San Francisco is a big progressive cause. But not everyone agrees about what’s causing the problem, and that makes it harder to address. Alex Block at Network blog City Block has a good roundup of recent…
  • Targeted Spending Helps Boost Kansas City’s Walkability

    17 April 2014, 11:08 am by: Angie Schmitt

    The Alliance for Biking and Walking released a big new report yesterday that measures the nation’s progress on active transportation. There’s a ton of data to nerd out on, but one thing that might be particularly interesting to local advocates is that the…
  • Why a Portland Domino’s Started Delivering Pizza By Trike

    16 April 2014, 10:59 am by: Angie Schmitt

    As bicycling has come to account for a greater share of trips in Portland, the shift is also noticeable among deliveries and cargo hauling. While delivering pizza by bike is not exactly new, Michael Andersen at Bike Portland offers a great example of why it…
  • DC Inspires Bike Lane Envy With Curb-Protected Cycling

    15 April 2014, 11:06 am by: Angie Schmitt

    Here’s a good sign that protected bike lanes are here to stay in American cities: Cities are increasingly trading plastic bollards for concrete curbs, making the lanes a more permanent feature of the landscape. As I reported for People for Bikes last…
  • How Will a New FRA Rule Affect Commuter Rail?

    14 April 2014, 10:52 am by: Angie Schmitt

    Misguided safety rules from the Federal Railroad Administration are cited as the cause for all sorts of problems, from high-construction costs to pedestrian hazards to, ironically, worse safety outcomes. Which helps explain why Jarret Walker at Network blog…
  • DC-area Transportation is Not on Track to Meet Climate Change Goals

    11 April 2014, 11:43 am by: Angie Schmitt

    by Kelly Blynn The region’s governments area currently reviewing new transportation projects to add to their long-range plan. But the list of projects in the queue, if built, will increase carbon emissions rather than lower them. Right now, the National…

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