In Europe it's common for regional rail systems to get ridership comparable to that of the subway in the central city. But in America, this is unheard of. One reason for the discrepancy is land use: American commuter rail stations are typically surrounded by parking, while in the Paris region you see a different pattern with ample development next to suburban train stations.
- Making protected bike lanes on Market Street in S.F. a reality (San Francisco Bicycle Coalition)
- New design for S.F.’s Polk Street protected bike lanes will have actual “protection” (Hoodline)
- U.S. traffic deaths rise again (NY Times)
- Thinking about making a second transbay link—and transportation—equitable (East Bay Express)
- With cap-and-trade in discussion, auctions continue (Sacramento Bee)
- Maybe we should change the way we think about commute time and costs (Inverse)
- CA Congressmembers urged to hold town hall meetings during recess (KQED)
This graphic is based on research by two UC Berkeley faculty into the effects of bike-share use in different U.S. cities. It was originally published in Access Magazine by the UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies. The researchers found that bike-share users are a practical bunch: they tend to use bike-share to reach transit, if it’s […]
Measure S is arguably the single-biggest decision voters will have to make in L.A. on the March 7 ballot. It would place a two-year ban on changes to zoning for individual projects, essentially placing a moratorium on a significant number of new housing projects, including affordable housing and permanent affordable housing for people struggling with homelessness.
Dongho Chang belongs to a new generation of transportation engineers who see their job as more than moving cars. His work with Seattle DOT has established the city as a national leader on designing multi-modal streets. We recently spoke to Chang about his work in Seattle and how the profession is changing.
- Santa Clara Valley Transit Authority considers raising and restructuring transit fares (Mercury News)
- BART wants to ask voters for a bridge toll hike (SF Chronicle)
- Report: Riding transit takes twice as long as driving (Governing)
- Republicans present a transportation plan that would focus on “traffic relief”—that is, road building—and on not charging drivers (Sacramento Bee)
- Legislative Analyst Office releases report recommending cap-and-trade extension (OC Breeze)
- Republican threats to Caltrain funding could cripple growth (Tech Crunch)
- Google has a patent for a system to reduce injuries when people are struck by cars (Silicon Beat)
- To get enforcement help, Napa raises rural speed limits, because—safety. Not a joke. (Napa Valley Register)
- Book review: Richard Florida’s “Creative Class” take-back (California Planning and Development Report)
- Researchers examine race factors in car crashes with people (NPR)
- How Bakersfield’s bad air could get worse (Guardian)