Review literature explaining transit ridership, critiques weaknesses in previous studies, draws conclusions from the more rigorous studies and recommends steps needed to better understand and explain transit ridership.
This morning I was on the Brian Lehrer show talking about the Obama Administration's conference on the future of housing finance. You can listen to the interview here. One thing that came up during the interview was this concept of renting... Read On
Every weekday morning, Brian Boudreau, 52, leaves his house in Temecula, Calif., at 5 a.m. to go to work. It takes him 45 minutes to drive to a Metrolink train station and another hour by rail to get to his office in downtown Los Angeles... Read On
In my close-friend circle, I'm known for two things: ice-cream addiction and zero sense of direction. So when I was marveling at Brian Glucroft's fascinating photo blogs on China's lesser-known cities (Xiapu, Fujian and Yulin, Guangxi) and telling my friends back home how I couldn't believe I've never explored these places, they stated the obvious...
Slate's Brian Palmer wrote in an article this week that he's thinking of switching his commute "from four wheels to two" but he's concerned about the environmental impact of bicycling: specifically, "about all the energy it takes to manufacture and ship a new bicycle... Read On
Late last year, Brian Lindauer, worried about a proposal to close nearby Zilker Elementary, organized a block-by-block survey of households within the school attendance boundaries, seeking out families with young children. Lindauer, the father of a 4-year-old, came away encouraged by what the volunteers found... Read On
Transit-oriented developments (TODs) in the United States have been modeled almost exclusively with a half-mile radius as a reliable limit for pedestrian walkability from and to a light rail station. New research has emerged to challenge this standard, with data indicating that transit users may be apt to walk greater distances than previously estimated. Variables such as housing density, employment density, and urban design all significantly affect walking patterns. Those factors are analyzed as expanders or contractors of the TOD radius, and the implications that a fluctuating boundary might have on the future of urban growth are considered.
A trio of papers that look into transit ridership and the factors influence the decisions on how to get from here to there have been added to the Best Practices section.
Office Development, Rail Transit, and Commuting Choices
While housing is generally the focus of transit-oriented development discussions, job centers are equally important, according to a paper by Robert Cervero, professor and chair of the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley.
"In the end, concentrating housing near rail stops will do little to lure commuters to trains and buses unless the other end of the trip—the workplace—is similarly convenient to and conducive to using transit.," Cervero concludes.
In California, central business district office workers with rail stations nearby are nearly three times more likely to commute by transit than workers in decentralized employment centers. Factors…
Reconnecting America's Jeff Wood attended the New Partners for Smarth Growth conference in Seattle, Feb. 4-6, 2010. Below are the Tweets from Reconnecting America (@reconnecting) and others who attended.
User Date Time Tweet
@jhiskes You must have missed @mrlerner's Walk Score talk at #npsg10 Also check out NRDC on Location Efficiency
Troika of federal agencies lay out coordinated smart growth effort. Billions of dollars for locals. http://ow.ly/14QcJ #smartgrowth #npsg10
RT @walkable: Sac similar RT @reconnecting Steve Sugg: University Place Wasington road diet reductions-54% crash, 55% injury, 7% speed, 4% volume #npsg10
RT @reconnecting: Dan Kildee: Spending $3.5m clearing blighted areas unlocked $112m in value Mich State Study #npsg10
RT @Cal_Plan: RT @cv4nash: Ben Yazici: corridor instead of intersection LOS allows non motorized…