Proposed Red Hook streetcars aren't worth the cost, according to the city DOT. In a presentation to community groups last Thursday [PDF], DOT revealed the results of its streetcar feasibility study and recommended against the construction of a line that would run from the Smith/9th subway station into Red Hook and up the waterfront to Borough Hall... Read On
Maryland's leading Republican senator is urging lawmakers to saddle Marylands Washington suburbs with the billion-dollar cost of the regions planned Purple Line rail, while letting rural counties off the hook... Read On
A new study that Americans' most profound energy-saving move involves creating pedestrian-friendly development near transit stations. In showing how households of all types become more efficient in that kind of setting, the study's sponsors would seem to deliver a sharp hook to politicians who say sprawl is sacred or benign.... Read On
I've had this great New York Times post-mortem by Michael Cooper of Florida's high-speed rail project bookmarked for a few weeks now, trying to figure out how to work it into a post. Fortunately, Zach Shaner's post "On Rail Nostalgia" over at STB gives me a great hook into it... Read On
Facing an end-of-the-week deadline to decide the fate of a controversial commuter rail project, Gov. Rick Scott this week sent his top transportation adviser to Central Florida to warn local officials that they'll be on the hook if the project ultimately fails... Read On
Today marked the groundbreaking of a $17 million development in East St. Louis adjacent to the Emerson Park MetroLink Station, Jazz @ Walter Circle. The $17 million development is a public-private partnership between the East St. Louis Housing Authority (ESLHA), Hampton Roads Ventures and Dudley Ventures, and is the first in the nation to combine public housing development funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development with New Market Tax Credits... Read On
In the wake of the 2008 economic downturn, Cleveland, Ohio, along with other former industrial US cites, faced severe financial difficulties. While a tough regional economy and shrinking population forced many of the surrounding cities to cut public services and reduce jobs in the public and private sectors, Cleveland managed to transform a modest $50 million investment in bus rapid transit into $5.8 billion in new transit-oriented development. By putting bus rapid transit (BRT) along a strategic corridor and concentrating government redevelopment efforts there, Cleveland managed to leverage $114.54 dollars of new transit-oriented investment for every dollar it invested into the BRT system, adding jobs and revitalizing the city center.
A growing number of American cities are promoting transit-oriented development1 (TOD) in order to combat congestion and other problems associated with sprawling, car-dominated suburban growth. Many are planning rail-based mass transit…
During the last decade, bus rapid transit (BRT) has revolutionized regional transportation planning in much of the developing and developed world. BRT went from being a fringe transportation option used in a handful of Brazilian and australian cities to becoming a prominent mass transportation alternative for local and national governments.