At Bourg-la-Reine, outside Paris, the rail station is surrounded by dense, mixed-use development and walkable streets. Image: Google Maps

What American Commuter Rail Can Learn From Paris, Part 2

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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.

Today’s Headlines

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  • 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)

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Today’s Headlines

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  • 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)

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