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  • 9 Years After Katrina, New Orleans Transit Still Struggling to Recover

    28 July 2014, 11:00 am by: Angie Schmitt

    Next month will mark nine years since Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, flooding nearly 80 percent of the city. In the wake of disaster, the city has demonstrated remarkable resilience. Its population has rebounded to about 86 percent of where it stood…
  • What’s the Best Way to Tax Parking?

    25 July 2014, 10:54 am by: Angie Schmitt

    Taxing parking, the way Pittsburgh does, can make downtowns livelier and encourage a healthier mix of transportation options. Of course, implementing these policies can get tricky. A recent report from the Victoria Transport Policy Institute [PDF] delves into…
  • DC’s Metro Plan has Changed a Lot Since 1968

    25 July 2014, 10:47 am by: Angie Schmitt

    by Matt Johnson and David Alpert Saturday, the Metro system will grow in length by 10% with the Silver Line, first envisioned in the mid-1960s. A lot has changed from the original plans for Metro. Today, DDOT circulated a 1968 map of the planned system. In the…
  • How to Breathe Cleaner Air While Biking: Ride at 11 MPH

    24 July 2014, 11:07 am by: Angie Schmitt

    Portland State University Ph.D candidate Alex Bigazzi has been biking around Portland with a $300 homebuilt air quality monitor. His goal: to get a sense of how much pollution he was breathing and how to minimize exposure to harmful fumes. Bigazzi has recently…
  • Why People Who Love Nature Should Live Apart From It

    23 July 2014, 10:49 am by: Angie Schmitt

    If you care about the natural environment, where should you live? Surrounding yourself with the trappings of nature, writes Shane Phillips at Better Institutions today, is a far cry from respecting and protecting the wilderness:  Much like the flower, for…
  • Senate Poised to take up House Plan to Patch Highway Trust Fund

    23 July 2014, 10:16 am by: Angie Schmitt

    Sometime this week the Senate is expected to take up and vote on the House’s bill to postpone the insolvency of the Highway Trust Fund until May of 2015 via an array of accounting maneuvers to cover ten months of transportation funding. Last week, the…
  • America’s Myopic Public Debate About Tolling Roads

    22 July 2014, 10:52 am by: Angie Schmitt

    Seattle is getting ready to embark on a construction project that will put the squeeze on a few of its major highways. This event, ironically, served as a jumping off point for local media to indignantly demand a tolling “holiday” on the SR 520 floating…
  • Will Texas DOT Gouge Another Highway Through Dallas?

    21 July 2014, 11:09 am by: Angie Schmitt

    The Trinity Toll Road embodies Texas’s destructive compulsion for expanding highways. The proposed $1.3 billion highway project will likely increase sprawl and weaken central Dallas. It’s part of a $5 billion package of road projects to ostensibly reduce…
  • We Need a New Term to Describe Uber and Lyft

    18 July 2014, 10:55 am by: Angie Schmitt

    Companies like Uber and Lyft make any car owner a potential paid chauffeur, and their services are increasingly widespread in American cities. So what should we call these new companies? Abigail Zenner at Greater Greater Washington says the current…
  • St. Louis to Pedestrians: Drop Dead

    17 July 2014, 11:09 am by: Angie Schmitt

    Here’s a great example of the wrong way to handle a tricky pedestrian crossing in your town. At the request of a local hospital, the city of St. Louis recently removed a frequently-used crosswalk for at least the next two years, apparently in conjunction…

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