This Recommended Practice introduces guidelines for designing and operating sustainable transit that both reduces a community’s environmental footprint from transportation and enhances its quality of life by making travel more enjoyable, affordable and timely.
On June 2nd, I had the pleasure of speaking at the C40 Summit in São Paulo, Brazil. The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group consists of iconic cities from around the world committed to addressing climate change... Read On
For 15 years the Rail~Volution conference has brought together practitioners interested in redeveloping communities around transit, walking and biking, but this year’s “rail-revolution” seems really real. President Obama has created formal federal partnerships focused on Railvolution’s agenda of using transit and TOD to promote sustainability, affordability and livability. Congressman Earl Blumenauer (Rail~Volution’s “father”) just created and is chairing the U.S. House Democratic Caucus’ Livable Communities Task Force to focus on these issues. And interest in high-speed rail, climate change, affordability and mixed-income communities, investments in complete streets and “active transportation” that promotes public health – issues Rail~Volution has always championed – is at an all-time high. Recent news stories also show that the real estate market, too, has clearly recognized the inherent value of walkable neighborhoods in livability …
With California facing an unprecedented budget crisis, eleven California urban planners, architects, engineers, public officials, developers, retail managers and a journalist are convening a seminar on the challenges of making towns and cities in the new realities of fiscal chaos, energy constraints and climate change. Instead of flying to Denver, this group of California New Urbanists has chartered two private railcars from California Zephyr Rail Charters, Inc. that will be pulled by Amtrak’s regular Zephyr train. The California New Urbanists are committing the time needed for a structured, deep conversation among accomplished professionals. They are also practicing what they preach: train travel is 21 percent more efficient than automobile travel, and 17 percent more efficient than airline travel.
I want to get people out of their cars, for the reasons given above: clean air and water, efficiency, safety, health, better society, and fairness. Some people disagree with me on this, for a variety of reasons. If you're like me, you want to persuade those people to change their minds, to strengthen your cause. I've realized recently that the reasons for defending car subsidies fall into three groups, and each group requires different counterarguments... Read On
The American Public Transportation Association will hold its 2013 Sustainability and Public Transportation Workshop in San Francisco July 28-30. The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) and the San Francisco Bay Area Transportation District (BART) will host the event at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in Union Square.
Shelley Poticha, President and CEO of Reconnecting America, is featured in an article on MassTransit magazine that profiles transportation professionals.
Here's some of what she had to say:
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“Not only are people ready for change, we actually know what to do. We have been practicing these ideas in communities around the country for years and we hear about them at our sustainability conferences, all of the innovations that are starting to take place where developers are recognizing that there is a tremendous shift in the marketplace.”
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“We created the Center for Transit-Oriented Development because what we were finding was that each agency had to do all of the research themselves about what is happening in transit-oriented development. We basically created a clearinghouse of information that practitioners can link into about whatever stage of that process they are in.”
“When we started five years ago…
Thirty-six states have recognized the need to manage greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by changing land use patterns to reduce sprawl and making buildings more energy efficient, according to an exclusive survey conducted by the Partnership for Sustainable Communities (PSC), a nonprofit group based in San Rafael, Calif... Read On
The Bush administration became infamous over the years for perverting the English language to disguise its true motives. When large timber interests wanted to log national forests, they called it the "Healthy Forests Initiative." And when corporate polluters sought to pollute the air even more, they dubbed it the "Clean Skies Initiative." In the last few weeks, however, a group of Berkeley anti-growth advocates has come up with a bit of language perversion that would make Karl Rove proud...... Read On