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On The Transport Politic:
- Searching for interest in the daily commute
- In Ann Arbor, a boomerang of transit improvements proposed
- What would it take to fully invest in the Northeast Corridor?
- As Virginia Governor demands seats on Metro board, state transit involvement in question
Trying Something New
- New York, San Francisco, and Chicago each have massive waterfront development projects in planning. But are they too far from transit to work in an urban space?
- Honolulu, which has been plotting its heavy rail transit line for some time now, had its FEIS accepted by the Federal Transit Administration. Now reluctant Governor Linda Lingle must approve it.
- Lagos announces that its first light rail line will open in 2011. The massive city is in desperate need of traffic relief.
- Connecticut’s DOT is moving increasingly towards transit and away from highways, with several major projects planned. One of them is the Hartford-New Britain Busway, which will evidently include stations outside of which men drink champagne (image above).
Trying Something Old
- Next American City: Looking Back: Urbanism in John Lindsay’s New York.
- Engineer Scotty discusses the potential for bus rapid transit in Portland.
- Madison’s mayor wants the new standard: a 1/2¢ sales tax for transportation.
- The U.S. Conference of Mayors introduces a study in which it claims huge economic benefits for virtually every city that invests in high-speed rail. New York State wants to reduce travel times from 2h30 to one hour between New York City and Albany, claiming economic benefit. Ontario and Québec get together to ask the Canadian government to speed trains between Québec City, Montréal, Toronto, and Windsor. The problem is that no one has the money to actually make the commitment.
Image above: View of Proposed Flatbush Avenue BRT Station along Hartford-New Britain Busway, from Connecticut DOT