Developers building condos on Toronto transit lines will now have to buy every unit a TTC Metropass for a year in order to obtain condominium approval from the city, a policy critics say comes at a high cost and without proof people will use it..... Read On
The Highline Times had an interesting pair of articles on Monday about development in Seatac. The first mention's the City's plans to create a "downtown entertainment district" around the light rail station, specifically its plan to buy a surface parking lot and replace it with a garage that would improve car access to the neighborhood.... Read On
Back in October, on a Sound Transit 554 Express to Issaquah, I overheard a conversation between an elderly passenger and the bus driver. The older gentleman praised our bus system (in comparison to MTA in Los Angeles) and lauded the ease of traveling between Issaquah and Seattle. After a few minutes, the conversation shifted to Link Light Rail, where the passenger further expressed content with the region's efforts to expand rail... Read On
It is often suggested that the United States adopt policies similar to those of European countries to increase public transportation ridership and sustainability of the transport system. On the basis of two national travel surveys, socioeconomic and geographic characteristics of public transportation riders in Germany and the United States are compared, and the differences in public transportation policies in the two countries are analyzed. Dissimilar policies can help account for variability in ridership not explained by socioeconomic and geographic differences. In both countries, public transportation ridership increases with population density and metropolitan area size and decreases with rising income, car ownership, and household distance from a public transportation stop. However, supported by better policies, German public transportation systems can attract more riders from all groups of society. For example, Germans living in households with more cars than…
The development of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems is relatively recent in the United States, but several systems are in operation and more are advancing. There is a need for a more comprehensive understanding of the relationship between land use and BRT system development, particularly in comparison to other fixed-guideway modes such as heavy and light rail. While recognizing that existing land uses have an important and complex influence on the development costs and benefits of fixed-guideway projects, this research focuses primarily on the impact such projects have had on existing and future land uses and economic development, as well as the policies and practices that have been used by local governments that have the potential to affect development. Finally, additional note has been taken as to whether the benefits and incentives offered along transit corridors between Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and Light Rail Transit (LRT) are equitable in cities where both modes…
Over at GreaterGreaterWashington.org Cavan Wilk discusses the value of walkable communities for seniors who, for whatever reason, no longer drive. The case of his grandparents speaks volumes about today's options for seniors.
"Despite my mother envisioned a walkable urban town as the best environment, in the end, they couldn't find a retirement community in a town environment," Wilk writes.
And there's a real chance the situation will get worse for many Americans who have found affordable places to live in urban environments.
San Mateo can expect a lot more traffic in coming years in the southern part of the city as high-density housing developments and office parks pop up along Delaware Street and Concar Drive near the Hayward Park train station.... Read On