transit

Making the Case for Transit: WMATA Regional Benefits of Transit (WMATA, 2011)

A November, 2011 report from Washington, DC makes the case for why transit is important to the region, and imagines what it would look like without transit. The WMATA web site gives a brief overview, and the full technical report can be downloaded.

Take me out to the ballpark, but make me walk the last mile

A story in mid-December highlighted the disconnect between what clubs will pay for players and a stadium vs. what they are willing to pitch in for transit. The Miami Marlins just completed a new stadium, and the county lent the team $35 million for the project, but a proposed shuttle from the

Transit funding shrinks despite increasing ridership

A recent New York Times article notes that, since 1995, transit ridership in the U.S. has grown by 31 percent, outstripping both VMT and population.  This is true even in cities that lack good transit systems. The growth is attributed to increasing numbers of baby boomer retirees riding

High tech hitchhiking as an alternative to transit

Zimride, a Silicon Valley start-up, allows people that need rides and people with cars traveling the same route to find each other. The New York Times reports that, as an alternative to transit or intercity buses and trains, ride sharing is becoming more popular and easier as more people carry

Rahm Emanuel orders Chicago employees to use public transit

In an effort to crack down on the city’s generous travel reimbursement policy, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel introduced a measure that forces city employees to use public transit for work-related travel. Under the new program, employees who need to travel for meetings or assignments must use

“30/10″ Plan: The right track for transportation

According to Charles Chieppo of the Harvard Kennedy School, Los Angeles County appears eager to learn from mistakes made in transportation funding over the last twenty years — such as the Boston “Big Dig” highway project that has amassed $8.6 billion in debt and a $4.5 billion maintenance

Neither roads nor public transit will help?

In the October 2011 issue of the American Economic Review, authors Gilles Duranton and Matthew A. Turner review traffic data from the years 1983 to 2003. Their article, “The Fundamental Law of Road Congestion: Evidence from US Cities,” finds that, for the time period reviewed, congestion

IBM Global Commuter Pain Survey: Congestion down, complaints up

The fourth annual “Global Commuter Pain” survey report released by IBM has revealed that although global traffic congestion is lower in 2011, driver complaints have increased in the same time period. Mexico City was rated the “most painful” city for commuters while Montreal, London and

Reinventing the urban interstate

TCRP has released a report entitled Reinventing the Urban Interstate: A New Paradigm for Multimodal Corridors. The authors present a new design framework in which multimodal corridors can take one of three forms: Transit oriented multimodal corridors – designed to give transit a performance

Funding infrastructure repairs: Pennsylvania considers its options

Budget constraints and a bleak economic forecast are forcing Governor Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania to consider new ways to fund improvements to the state’s transportation infrastructure. The Governor’s advisory commission estimates that $2.7 billion is needed to bring the system to a state of