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DC’s Metro Closure Shows Why Creating Trust in Public Transit Matters

The Washington, DC Metro. Photo by RJ Schmidt/Flickr.Washington, D.C., one of the most powerful cities on Earth, has been thrown off-stride by a transit crisis. Starting March 16, the U.S. capital’s Metro system, which serves more than 710,000 passengers daily, closed down for 29 hours for emergency power cable inspections, two days...[read more]

Light rail and college campuses: perfect matrimony

March 21, 2016 by Timothy Boscarino

The University of Michigan recently released its plans for the Ann Arbor Connector: a proposed light rail transit system that would connect U-M’s three campus hubs--north, central and south campus within the City of Ann Arbor.AA Connector Proposed Route MapRoute map from aaconnector.comThe questions about where, when and how much have...[read more]

Bringing Public Transit Into the 21st Century

January 11, 2016 by Brandon Donnelly

Last Friday the Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, and the Metropolitan Transit Authority, announced that 30 subway stations will be redesigned and that “millennial-friendly amenities” would be added throughout the system.[read more]

The Pros and Cons of Intelligent Transport Systems

November 2, 2015 by Rick Robinson

The survey identifies a variety of opportunities for UK innovators in academia and industry to exploit the predicted £56 billion market for intelligent mobility solutions in the UK by 2025, and £900 billion market worldwide. It is rightly optimistic that the UK can be a world leader in those markets.[read more]

Four Visions of a Higher-Speed Bay Area Rail Network

August 31, 2015 by David Edmondson

The Bay Area is a sprawling region, no doubt about it. It stretches from Napa Valley to Silicon Valley, Pacific Ocean to Sacramento River Delta, is nearly as large as New Jersey or Cyprus. Yet this size means its various economies are disconnected to such a degree that the Census Bureau has split it into two different metropolitan areas.[read more]

7 Proven Principles for Designing a Safer City: A Visual Look

The compact, connected city is safer

Traffic accidents kill more than 1.2 million people every year, nearly the same amount that die from HIV/AIDS. But there’s an undervalued approach to making the world’s roads safer—good urban design. 7 design principles can help cities dramatically reduce road deaths. Here’s a visual look.[read more]

Are Tunnels for Light Rail Really Cost Prohibitive?

July 20, 2015 by Klaus Philipsen

Worth the cost?

Many seem to buy the argument that tunnels are boondoggles. Being against transit tunnels is sold as prudent reasoning even where hardly any alternative exists, like the case of the rail tunnel under the Hudson River. So maybe a closer look at how such a tunnel is actually built is in order.[read more]

Britain to Devolve More Power to Cities – But What About Tax-Raising Powers?

July 9, 2015 by David Thorpe

Should cities raise more taxes?

Understanding more about where different taxes are generated and where different types of public spending happen is vital in decisions about where investment in infrastructure might be effectively targeted. This is especially important as the UK government is devolving more powers to cities, as outlined in yesterday's Budget.[read more]

Banks Should Lend World’s Top 500 Cities At Least $1bn to Tackle Climate Change – NCE-2015 Report

July 7, 2015 by David Thorpe

All cities must become low carbon, says the report

Multilateral development banks, donors and others should lend the world's top 500 cities at least US$1 billion to help them implement low carbon urban development strategies by 2020, according to the New Climate Economy 2015 report, published today by the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate.[read more]

Conservatives, Light Transit, Baltimore and the Urban Question

July 6, 2015 by Klaus Philipsen

Good transit? Not if short-term thinking prevails

Baltimore's Red Line, a nearly $3 billion transit project, is a fully designed surface-subway light rail line, shovel ready and even recommended by the Federal Transit Administration to receive the very scarce and coveted "New Starts" funding. Maryland’s governor, Larry Hogan, has delivered a fatal blow to it. Why?[read more]


How To Reduce the Carbon Emissions Impact of Travel [Infographic]

July 3, 2015 by David Thorpe

What might be the best and least best tactics for reducing the environmental impact of your travel? Here they are, from best to worst. Walking and cycling are best and flying worst. But what about in between?[read more]

San Francisco's Director of Transportation Planning on the Importance of Piloting Integrated Infrastructure

July 3, 2015 by Celina Plaza

Timothy Papandreou – Director of Strategic Planning & Policy at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency 

"We are a junction for regional trips. The biggest issue for us is therefore integration. We need to integrate all of the transport options, otherwise we’ll have sheer chaos. So we test a lot more pilots. We no longer build permanent infrastructure; instead, we test it with paint and local materials that we salvage from the Public Works Department."[read more]