Daily Journal of Commerce
This spring heralded the grand opening of 507 Northgate, the first mixed-use project developed in the Northgate area since the adoption of the Growth Management Act in 1990. Wallace Properties’ project provides 163 sustainable, workforce apartments and 55,000 square feet of retail at the corner of Northeast Northgate Way and Fifth Avenue Northeast.
The proposed cuts to Tri-Rail service defy common sense. Ridership on the three-county commuter rail is way up, and there is no sign that will change as the recession drags on and gas prices edge up again. Yet the three county commissions that fund the train -- Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach -- are cutting their annual appropriations in October. The other cause for the drastic service cuts is that the Legislature this year failed to approve a dedicated revenue source for the train...
Seattle Post Intelligencer
Enduring a 90-minute wait to cost the U.S.-Canada border on Tuesday, Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson had time to reflect on the need to link Northwest cities with fast, frequent rail service. "Today, we drove. If there were a train, we'd have been on it: High-speed rail is a no-brainer for me," Robertson told a small Seattle dinner that night.
There’s been a lot of talk in transportation circles recently about ensuring that the federal commitment to transit projects is as strong as that to the national highway program. Such a policy change would require a sea change in Washington, principally because it would necessitate a radical transformation of the transportation legislation, which defines how funding is distributed. In addition to more funding allocated to new corridors in general, the federal government must reform the manner in which it determines its share of total construction costs.
Bus rapid transit could be the next big thing in Twin Cities' transit.
But it's not clear that what commuters will get -- for years to come -- is what they're being promised. And that's creating a danger of a public relations fiasco.
Greater Greater Washington
Montgomery County is barreling blindly down a path to create a huge new pocket of sprawl outside Gaithersburg. Dubbed "Science City," the county envisions 20 million square feet of new biotechnology research and development on 900 acres near Rockville and Gaithersburg. However, as currently proposed, "Science City" is no city. The Board recently rejected two proposals, one to increase its density to something more city-like, and the other to transfer density to a better location. Creating sprawl is familiar and easy, but harmful. Unfortunately, it's the easier and safer choice for the Planning Board.
Daily Journal of Commerce
The Lents neighborhood in Southeast Portland has a lot riding on the new MAX green line.
One- and two-story buildings dot Lents' barren streets. Some residential side streets aren't even paved. The neighborhood, which has a median income among the lowest in the city, has for years needed considerable redevelopment, said Jess Laventall, president of the Lents Neighborhood Association.
Riding the rails between downtown and the airport is becoming a reality for more U.S. travelers. With their roadways jammed with cars and shuttles, a growing number of domestic airports are building or have plans for a rail link that will connect passengers from the terminals to regional metro-rail systems, allowing road warriors and vacationers to ditch their cars.
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