Do we need more highways?

This question should provoke an interesting debate on the National Journal‘s transportation blog. The question is raised in the context of a survey done by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, showing, not surprisingly that mayors are fans of transit. As the discussion is framed by Fawn Johnson:

Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) and Employment (CTOD, 2011)

An exploration of the relationship between transit and job concentrations in evolving regions, in order to emphasize the importance of the destination side of the trip for both transit operations and land use planning in station areas. Download TOD and Employment

Missed Opportunity: Transit and Jobs in Metropolitan America (Brookings, 2011)

An analysis of data from 371 transit providers in the nation’s 100 largest metropolitan areas describing the accessibility of jobs via transit for urban and suburban residents of varying incomes and job skill levels. Download Transit and Jobs analysis

Finding a parking space, and more., a parking, traffic and public transportation real-time information application for mobile smartphones, won a $10,000 prize from New York City for the best new app. Not only does it help you find a parking space, get real time traffic and transit times, it also has a social component

Walk or drive and see how much it costs for gas.

MapQuest’s gas pricing tool gives gas prices for your town and nationally. As of April 11, the lowest priced gas is $3.19 in Mt Holly, NJ and the highest price tops out at $5.04 in Shoshone, CA. Choose a city and state or type in a zip code to find the lowest-priced gas in that area. If the

Where are they going?

The reduction in VMT does not necessarily mean that people are traveling less. Transit, car-sharing, casual car-pooling and bicycling are growing. APTA reports that “$5 a Gallon Gas Could Spur Up to 1.5 Billion Additional Passenger Trips On U.S. Public Transportation Systems.”

Streetcars dominate new batch of transit projects

Streetcars, once ubiquitous in American cities, are making a major comeback, as noted by Yonah Freemark at The Transport Politic.. This year construction will begin on new streetcar lines in Atlanta, Cincinnati, New Orleans, Salt Lake City, Seattle, and Tucson.  In addition, both Portland, OR,

Governor Abercrombie Approves Final Honolulu Rail Transit EIS

Hawaii’s Governor Abercrombie accepted the final environmental impact statement (EIS) for the proposed Honolulu Rail Transit project on December 16.  With the governor’s acceptance, the City of Honolulu anticipates that the FTA will issue a record of decision (ROD), which will allow the City

“Our apps are whiz kid certified.”

New York City touts the transit technology created by outsider whiz kids when it switched to an open data policy.