» This week’s big news. Open thread in the comments.
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On The Transport Politic:
- Transportation user fee model obsolete, but no solution on the horizon
- Jacksonville’s transit future, at least for now, is in bus rapid transit
- Dallas compromises, finding funds for some light rail projects
- Overselling the benefits of high-speed rail
New Directions for the Old South series on Next American City:
- Raleigh’s downtown upgrade pans out
- Raleigh’s streetscape renewal, part of an integrated effort to transform downtown
- Knoxville’s Market Square shows pedestrian-only spaces can work, too
- Setting a different tone, Ohio Senator George Voinovich (R) calls for an expansion of the federal gas tax for transportation, describes Robert Cruickshank on California High-Speed Rail Blog. Of course, virtually no one else in power agrees with the plan and Voinovich will retire early next year.
- Transportation can play an important role in electoral politics. Joe Sestak (D), running for one of Pennsylvania’s Senate seats, promotes high-speed rail as a campaign initiative. Governor Martin O’Malley (D), running for re-election in Maryland, argues that two transit lines set him apart from his competitor.
- Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, who has promised his constituents a vote on the expansion of light rail service to West Seattle, will likely not be able to stage a referendum next year. Opposition from City Council is causing problems.
- Chinese authorities announce that all of their high-speed rail lines will eventually be operationally profitable. The first corridor, from Beijing to Tianjin, will set the precedent later this year.
- Stuttgart’s €4 billion project to reshape the way intercity trains move through the city gets underway. The program has met lots of opposition because it requires the demolition of part of the existing terminal for the construction of a huge underground concourse.
- Dallas provides a beautiful visualization of its airport light rail connection, now finally funded according to news this week. On a far smaller scale, the expansion south to downtown Bayonne of the Hudson-Bergen light rail line in Northern New Jersey is planned to be completed by this fall.
Image above: Nashville’s Music City Circuit stopped at waterfront rail station, by Yonah Freemark