transit

First quarter of 2012 shows more people are switching to transit

By Bill Holloway As per-capita VMT has begun to decline, an increasing number of people are riding the nation’s transit systems. According to APTA (American Public Transportation Association), transit ridership in the first quarter of 2012 increased 5 percent over 2011 levels. Light rail

Walk/Transit/Bike Score now an important number for real estate

By Robbie Webber Ever since Walk Score debuted in 2007, savvy real estate and rental agents have used the number to sell properties to clients who want to be walking distance from amenities. Now there is evidence that simply being in a walkable neighborhood may increase the value of housing. A

The Shifting Nature of U.S. Housing Demand (The Demand Institute, 2012)

The Demand Institute is jointly operated by The Conference Board and Nielsen. This is their first major publication. They believe the trajectory of the housing market has now reached a true turning point; the worst of the housing crash is over, and a recovery has now started. This housing

Increasing transit ridership: Should we make public transportation “fun” or “useful”?

By Glenn Halstead Writer and urban designer Darrin Nordahl thinks he knows how to increase public transit ridership: If transportation planners and engineers simply make using transit more fun, tourists and commuters alike will be more likely to use it instead of driving. This idea of making

Uses of Social Media in Public Transportation (TCRP, May 2012)

This synthesis explores the use of social media among transit agencies and documents successful practices in the United States and Canada. Social media provide transit agencies with an unparalleled opportunity to connect with their customers. Download the full report.

Annual survey finds that even in car-centric Houston, people want better access to transit

By Robbie Webber The Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University released the results of their 2012 Kinder Houston Area Survey, which found that Houstonians want better transportation options and housing within walking distance from stores, schools, and work. The survey summary points

The Onion features special transportation issue

Although this is not our normal fare, we thought our partners and readers would appreciate the articles in the issue of The Onion that came out last Wednesday. The satiric newspaper, born in our hometown of Madison, Wisconsin, is available as a print edition in a handful of cities around the

Michigan Odyssey reveals transit realities

By Robbie Webber  In late March, 15 transportation advocates embarked on a cross-state trip of Michigan using only transit: local and regional buses, Amtrak, light rail, etc. They started at the Detroit airport and traveled into downtown Detroit for meetings. As noted by author Tom Clynes,

Southern California Association of Governments adopts strong sustainability plan

By Robbie Webber Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), representing more than 18 million people in Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura counties, voted unanimously on April 3 to adopt a transportation plan that focuses on transit and

BRT workshop highlights best practices and marketing

By Ann Grodnik  In late March, the Institute for Sustainable Communities, with support from the Rockefeller Foundation, held a workshop for cities interested in expanding or establishing Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems. The event was hosted in Cleveland, home of the HealthLine, and covered a