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Miami-area CEOs are asked: When is the last time you took public transportation to work?

Really interesting array of answers from CEOs in Miami about how long ago they last took public transportation to work and what would make taking public transit easier? The answer for most is that they don’t regularly take it and they might consider doing so if there were simply more connectivity between places. Read the… Read more »

Let’s take back DC’s buses and make them free – GGW

It’s time for the District of Columbia to take over planning and operations for our intra-city buses from WMATA. Let’s also add more funding to make them free for all riders. Perhaps most importantly, we should seek to eliminate fares for riders on buses to speed boarding, reduce delays, increase ridership, and further reduce reliance… Read more »

Big investments in Colorado’s walking, biking could pay for themselves

The potential benefits of walking and biking in Colorado are immense, according to a new study prepared for the state Office of Economic Development and Trade [PDF]. BBC Research and Consulting found that the statewide economic benefits of walking and biking total $1.6 billion annually. The health impact is worth $3.2 billion annually. But despite… Read more »

Traveling coast-to-coast on public transportation

William Freedman recently traveled from coast to coast using only public transportation in an effort to show the population the power of mass transit. What did he learn about the public transportation industry? Freedman: Some findings include: Chihuahua, Mexico has better transit than West Texas! Mexican buses are comparable to U.S. discount airlines – they… Read more »

How Vancouver became North America’s car-free capital

As of 2015, half of all trips within Vancouver’s city limits are taken on foot, bike, or transit—a goal the city had hoped to reach by 2020. Vancouver’s “active transit” success is the subject of a new short documentary by STREETFILMS. It all began back in the late 1960s, says the city’s former chief planner (and urban-Twitter celeb) Brent… Read more »

Defending multi-modalism – Planetizen

Conventional transport evaluations overlook many of the key factors that make the case for federal funding of transit, biking, and walking enhancements. Consumer savings, parking congestion, public health, economic development impacts, indirect environmental impacts, and strategic land use are just some of the factors often overlooked from the way the feds assess transportation funding. That’s… Read more »

Today is the day for TDM in San Francisco

From Streetsblog SF: Today at 1:30 p.m. PST, the Land Use and Transportation Committee of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors will consider a Transportation Demand Management (TDM) ordinance that will require projects larger than 10 dwelling units or 10,000 square feet to adopt stronger measures to reduce auto trips. The new TDM proposal represents a step forward. However, it… Read more »

Do bikeshare systems actually work? (They do)

Bikeshares benefit their cities in small, varying, and sometimes imperfect ways. Such cautious and incremental gains aren’t the stuff of bold headlines. But they’re small because the idea doesn’t need a complete rethink. Perhaps that’s because the original idea itself was pretty radical. In fact, maybe it’s not really about bikes at all. We get… Read more »

Why voters said ‘yes’ to public transportation on November 8

In the wake of Election Day 2016, at least one clear winner has emerged: public transportation. There were a historic number of transit-related funding initiatives on ballots across the nation (49), of which about 70 percent passed. This impressive result means that there will be about $170 billion in new funding for systems that provide… Read more »