New York City policymakers expect more than 9 million people will live in the city by 2030. Will zoning codes that require minimum off-street parking for new residential construction defeat the city's goal of improving traffic congestion and increasing affordable housing?
The report finds per unit requirements are lower for the many lots near transit that, as of 2007, were underdeveloped and thus future projects will require relatively few new parking spaces. But the picture becomes less clear when…
In 2011 the International Walk21 Conference is being hosted by Metro Vancouver. The conference's metropolitan focus involves municipalities in the region, health authorities, Translink, the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University, as well as the regional government. Metro Vancouver has teamed together to create an innovative conference focusing on the best practices for urban design, transportation mobility, and health promotion to provide the best places to walk to and through.
Among the central policy goals of the current New York City mayoral administration is accommodating rapid projected population growth while simultaneously improving the City’s overall environmental performance, addressing externalities arising from traffic congestion and providing increased access to affordable housing. In support of these goals, the City has developed a long term sustainable growth plan, PlaNYC 2030 (City of New York, 2008), is engaged in an active land use and planning program, and is spending hundreds of millions of dollars subsidizing the construction or preservation of income-restricted housing.
Potentially running counter to these related goals, however, is the longstanding requirement in the City’s zoning code that new residential construction in most neighborhoods be accompanied by a minimum number of off-street parking spaces. Such parking requirements, critics argue, could increase the cost of new housing by forcing developers to incur…
Below is a lecture from Simon Fraser University's “Shifting Gears” series on transportation by Janette Sadik-Kahn, a member of Reconnecting America's board. The lecture was delivered Oct. 19, 2009 in Vancouver.
[Hat tip to PriceTags blog]
On Earth Day last Friday, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell issued a "transportation challenge" to the people of his state: to "try a form of transportation other than driving alone once every two weeks." The language he used would please any reformer :.. Read On
Virginia is launching a new study of transportation problems in the Washington suburbs and beyond. The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation will begin analyzing commuter traffic patterns and develop a comprehensive plan for alleviating congestion in the area around the key employment centers outside Washington, D.C., Gov. Bob McDonnell announced Monday... Read On
Virginia Secretary of Transportation Sean Connaughton should be commended for taking the time to try to explain why the McDonnell administration decided not to go after Florida's share of federal funding for higher speed rail... Read On
Will Northern Virginia commuters get stuck with the tab for the more expensive underground Metro station at Dulles International Airport? That's the rallying cry from a variety of political figures, including Gov. Robert F. McDonnell, Virginia Secretary of Transportation Sean Connaughton, the supervisory boards of Loudoun and Fairfax Counties and, now, rising conservative political star Jamie Radtke, who is running for U.S. Senate... Read On
Tracks News - In this section you'll find news from cities around the country as well as interviews and general reporting on issues. It might be from a newspaper or a blog, but it counts as news.
San Jose: Key Source of Bay Area Traffic Revealed
San Jose Mercury News
A groundbreaking study by UC Berkeley and MIT researchers has pinpointed a small group of drivers making Bay Area freeways miserable for the rest of us, though the reason may surprise you. ..
Virginia: McDonnell Proposes Getting Rid of Gas Tax
Virginia would become the first state in the country to eliminate its gasoline tax under a proposal announced Tuesday by…
Blogosphere - In this section you'll find commentary, opinion and editorials from blogs and newspapers around the country. The opinions expressed in these blogs do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Reconnecting America.
Blogosphere: Ron Sims to Retire
Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
For a while President Obama looked like he might promote smart growth at the national level -- linking together the federal agencies for housing, transportation, and the environment, and making the US Department of Housing and Urban Development a hotbed for innovation...
Blogosphere: Should We Mourn High Speed Rail?
If you live in Los…