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You’ll have to forgive me for a week of pure policy. I promise we’ll get back to the fun stuff next week. Follow my Twitter account (@ttpolitic) to get news in real time.
On The Transport Politic:
- The age of General Fund financing is already here, but it may not matter
- Asserting state responsibility over transportation financing
- Making corridor planning a multi-modal process
- Whose turn to lead on U.S. transport planning?
- Reversing roles: Should Washington cover operations costs?
- Minneapolis debuts the nation’s biggest bike share system, Nice Ride Minnesota. The project features Montréal’s Bixi bikes, branded with an insurance company’s logo.
- Boston, also planning on using the Bixi bikes for its plan, postpones its project for a year. It has yet to determine how exactly financing the system will work. On the other hand, London, yet another future Bixi city, will open its bikes to users on July 30th. It will be sponsored by Barclays Bank.
- Washington, replacing its 10-station Clear Channel-run system with a 100-station Bixi plan, decides to change names. City’s bikes, formerly “SmartBike DC” will become “Capital Bikeshare.”
- Florida high-speed rail, clearly the Obama Administration’s top rail priority, will begin construction in early 2011. The $3.5 billion project, however, pales in scope compared to China’s $100 billion investment in high-speed rail planned for this year alone.
- South Africa, with its World Cup already underway (check out the US-UK game today), opened its 100 mph Gautrain intercity rail line between Johannesburg and the airport. It has further plans to link Johannesburg and Durban in the works.
- Alstom, hoping to win the Italian contract for dozens of new high-speed trains, announces new single-deck trainsets capable of 250 mph operations; yet to be named, these trains depart from Alstom’s TGV/AGV of placing bogies between railcars. Meanwhile, AnsaldoBreda and Bombardier, hoping to win the same contract, reveal V300 Zefiro train.
- Students in New York City, threatened with the loss of free transit to and from school because of fiscal difficulties, make a deal of it and go protest at City Hall.
- Vancouver Translink turns an expected budget deficit into a surplus. So does San Francisco’s BART, which is likely to approve 3% reduced fares on the system for a four-month period to reward customers for their patience. Why not save it up in a rainy day fund?
- D.C.’s Metro system is considering enforcing a 5-cent levy at six subway stations that would pay for capital repairs at those stops.
- Next American City: Leveraging Existing Transit Assets for New Transit-Oriented Development.
- Stanford Undergrad Daniel Jacobson conducts an in-depth review of possibilities of a streetcar in downtown Oakland. Check out his proposal: www.oaklandstreetcarplan.com.
- Jarrett Walker at Human Transit: Treating buses like ambulances in Barcelona.
- New free downtown connector buses in Durham, NC and Baltimore.
- One of two tunnel boring machines working on New York’s 7 train extension completes its work, breaking into wall near Times Square. Benjamin Kabak on Second Avenue Sagas reports that the Real Estate Board of New York still hopes to get a threatened station on the extended line at 10th Avenue funded.
Image above: Plans for Florida High-Speed Rail at Orlando International Airport, from Florida High-Speed Rail