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May 18, 2015

Bad Public Transit Encourages Inequality - Gillian B. White, The Atlantic

Transportation is about more than just moving people from point A to point B. It’s also a system that can either limit or expand the opportunities available to people based o...

May 18, 2015

Amtrak Needs Privatization, Not More Money - Jeffrey Dorfman, RCM

Last week witnessed a tragic train derailment on the Amtrak line that connects major East Coast cities. While the exact cause of the accident is not known yet, within two days libe...

May 15, 2015

Payout to Amtrak Victims Will Be Limited - Chris Isidore, CNN Money

No matter how deadly this week's Amtrak crash proves to be, the railroad's legal exposure is capped at $200 million....

May 15, 2015

Highways Gutted American Cities - Joseph Stromberg, Vox

There was once a time when most Americans took streetcars to work every day. Nowadays,85 percent of workers drive....

May 15, 2015

The Road to Sustainable Highway Spending - CRFB

The current legislation authorizing highway and mass transit spending is scheduled toexpire at the end of May, and only a fewmonths later the Highway Trust Fund willrun out of rese...

May 14, 2015

The Safest, Smartest Train - Daniel C. Vock, Governing

Long after most of its customers have gone home, Metrolink, the Los Angeles area’s commuter rail line, sends one of its passenger trains out into the night on a lonely m...

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May 13, 2015

Improving Airport Funding - Alan Cole, Tax Foundation

Commercial air travel is a critically important sector of any advanced economy. This is especially true for a country as large as the United States, where some domestic travel can ...

May 13, 2015

Building the Cities of the Future - Janette Sadik-Khan, Huffington Post

Talk to any proud city resident and they'll tell you their town is like no other place on earth. Its food, weather, parks, architecture, place in history, politics and entertainmen...

May 12, 2015

Key Facts About Transportation Infrastructure - Kearney et al., Brookings

A founding principle of The Hamilton Project’s economic strategy is that long-term prosperity is best achieved by fostering economic growth and broad participation in that gr...

May 11, 2015

Paying for Rail Transit - Randal O'Toole, The Antiplanner

Last week, San Antonio voters overwhelming approved of a measure forbidding the city's transit agency from building any rail transit lines without voter approval. While t...

May 6, 2015

Smart Traffic Lights Can Transform a Commute - Josh Sanburn, Time

The traffic signals along Factoria Boulevard in Bellevue, Wash., generally don’t flash the same stretch of green twice in a row, especially at rush hour. At 9:30 a.m., the fu...

May 2, 2015

More Diverse Cities Are More Segregated - Nate Silver, FiveThirtyEight

When I was a freshman at the University of Chicago in 1996, I heard the same thing again and again: Do not leave the boundaries of Hyde Park. Do not go north of 47th Street. D...

April 29, 2015

Rise of the Fragmented City - Richard Florida, CityLab

From the moment I began studying urbanism, I’ve heard urbanists, economists and city officials lament the so-called “fragmentation” of city government. The basic ...

April 28, 2015

Would the Purple Line Be Good for Maryland? - Diana Furchtgott-Roth, e21

A new study by Transportation Economics and Management Systems (TEMS) purports to show that Maryland would gain by building the Purple Line, a 16-mile light rail project just nor...

April 25, 2015

Investing Stock in Distressed Cities - Liz Farmer, Governing

There is a lot that’s different between the agriculturally based Fresno, Calif., and the business and services-driven San Francisco less than 200 miles away. But perhaps the ...

April 24, 2015

What's the Perfect Size for a City? - Aaron M. Renn, The Guardian

The death of Michael Brown, shot by a police officer last year in Ferguson, Missouri, triggered civil unrest and protests that have yet to subside, withtwo police officers recently...

April 21, 2015

How Washington Derailed Amtrak - Simon Zuylen-Wood, National Journal

Thirty-nine minutes into his southbound ride from Wilmington, Delaware, to Washington, D.C., Joseph H. Boardman, president and CEO of Amtrak, begins to cry. We're in the dining car...

April 16, 2015

Returning to the Exurbs - Teresa Wiltz, Stateline

Dawsonville, Ga. — Winding up Route 400, a good 40 minutes' north of Atlanta's traffic-snarled freeways, are miles of farmhouses, interspersed with mobile homes, McMansi...

April 14, 2015

The Case for Driverless Trains - Eric Jaffe, CityLab

Automatic train control returned to the Red Line on Washington, D.C.'s Metrorail system today, following years of infrastructure upgrades that occurred in the wake of a deadly...

April 13, 2015

The Trouble With Megaprojects - Jacques Leslie, New Yorker

Until last Monday, when engineers began hoisting its two-thousand-ton cutterhead to the surface, Bertha, the world’s largest tunnel-boring machine, was stuck a hundred and tw...

April 13, 2015

Tree Cover and Environmental Justice - Kirsten Schwarz et al., PLOS ONE

April 11, 2015

Where the White People Live - Alana Semuels, CityLab

Last summer, the Michigan town of Grosse Pointe Park erected a farmer's market in the middle of one of the few remaining streets that allowed cars to pass between the ton...

April 10, 2015

Speed Limits: 25 Is Far Safer Than 35 - Bill Lindeke, Streets.MN

Compromise is the hallmark of politics, so when it comes to street design, it’s tempting to dole out design features like treats to unruly children: a new crosswalk for you, a dr...

April 9, 2015

Detroit Could Be the Next Silicon Valley - Bruce Katz, Fortune

Historically, the economies of Detroit and Silicon Valley couldn’t look more different: the Motor City has long been known as a hub for manufacturing and the auto industry, w...

April 9, 2015

More Isn't Merrier in Crowded Cities - Froma Harrop, Creators

New York and San Francisco are expensive places to live. That's a big problem for the nation because these cities are centers for the booming knowledge economy. High housing costs ...

April 8, 2015

Does Mass Transit Reduce Carbon Emissions? - Bobby Magill, Quartz

There’s no way to drive around it: Commuting to work behind the steering wheel emits carbon dioxide and contributes to climate change....

April 8, 2015

America's Most Walkable Cities - Richard Florida, CityLab

In an announcement that will surprise no one, Walk Score, the company that produces the go-to metric for walkable cities, has once again ranked New York as the number one most...

April 6, 2015

Amtrak's History of Wasted Subsidies - Matthew Sabas, Economics 21

Congressional Republicans were elected on a platform of cutting spending, but taxpayers will continue to pay for Amtrak’s losses for at least 5 more years if a bill that just...

April 6, 2015

California's Wealthy Cities Aren't Conserving Water - Shyong et al., LAT

There are few signs of California’s epic drought along a stretch of Maple Drive in Beverly Hills....

April 6, 2015

Strong People, Strong Cities - Aaron M. Renn, City Journal

Among those who study cities, “resilience” has become a hot topic, in part because of a major push from the left-leaning Rockefeller Foundation. This association with t...

April 4, 2015

The Wealth of Cities - Matthew Mitchell, Library of Law & Liberty

Capital, in the 21st century, has a bad rap. Many say that because it is the source of “passive income,” it does nothing but pad the pockets of the idle rich, driv...

April 3, 2015

This City Is the Future of Health Care - U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Residents of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, are proud of their city for a lot of reasons (see here). If you ask local public officials, they’re especially proud of the huge strid...

April 2, 2015

Growing Distance Between People, Jobs - Kneebone & Holmes, Brookings

Proximity to employment can influence a range of economic and social outcomes, from local fiscal health to the employment prospects of residents, particularly low-income and minori...

April 2, 2015

A Case Study in Flawed Street Design - Eric Jaffe, CityLab

The above picture shows an example of citizen-led, "tactical" urbanism on a street in Stapleton, Colorado, a neighborhood just outside downtown Denver. A local resident has parked ...

April 1, 2015

Why Is U.S. Infrastructure So Expensive? - Gordon & Schleicher, RCPolicy

With the nation's Highway Trust Fund projected to go broke at the end of this summer and Congress unable to agree on a permanent fix, it is an opportune time to reex...

April 1, 2015

Alcohol Taxes Prevent Crashes - American Journal of Public Health

Increasing state alcohol taxes could prevent thousands of deaths a year from car crashes, say University of Florida Health researchers, who found alcohol-related motor vehicle cras...

March 31, 2015

Why Teens Crash Their Cars - AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety

In this study, we conducted a large-scale comprehensive examination of naturalistic data from crashes that involved teenage drivers. Other naturalistic studies have investigated on...

March 31, 2015

Some Cities Are More Unequal - Alan Berube, Brookings Institution

More than five years after the end of the Great Recession, and three years since the Occupy movement took on Wall Street, high and growing levels of income inequality continue to a...

March 31, 2015

Why Gentrification Matters - Megan McArdle, Bloomberg View

So what's wrong with gentrification?...

March 30, 2015

Shifting Ideas of Pilot Fitness - Erica Goode & Jad Mouawad, New York Times

Aviation agencies in Europe and the United States once banned all pilots from flying if they disclosed a mental illness to their employers....

March 30, 2015

Atlantic City on the Brink of Disaster - Liz Farmer, Governing

Financially beleaguered Atlantic City is at risk of defaulting on millions in debt, a new credit analysis warned Thursday....

March 28, 2015

Americans Love Big Hot Suburbs - Derek Thompson, The Atlantic

The new Census population estimates are out today, and only two metros added more than 100,000 people between July 2013 and July 2014. Houston and Dallas—both in Texas....

March 27, 2015

Suburban Sprawl Is Stifling the Economy - Danielle Kurtzleben, Vox

As the nation's metro areas grow ever larger, the sprawling suburbs can come with all sorts of problems: endless commutes, growing pollution, and unwalkable neighborhoods, to name ...

March 25, 2015

America Needs a Rational Transit Policy - Wendell Cox, Heritage Foundation

More than three decades ago, federal legislation was enacted to transfer money from highway user fees to mass transit, such as subways and buses. The diversion is so substantial th...

March 23, 2015

How Activists Are Fighting Evictions - Alexis Stephens, Next City

As the term ‘gentrification’ loses its power over time through overuse and ambiguity, housing and neighborhood advocates are pointing to the dual crises of displacement...

March 21, 2015

The Case for Private Roads - Sven Werner, Americans for Tax Reform

If a state owned road is closed, why not build your own? That’s exactly what English businessman Mike Watts did. But just how is that possible, without the government?...

March 17, 2015

Houston: America's Fastest Growing Metropolis - The Economist

FOR a view of Houston’s economy, get in a car. At the intersection of the Loop and Freeway 225, two motorways in the south-east of the city, you drive over a high, tangled ov...

March 11, 2015

A Record Year for Mass Transit? - Eric Jaffe, CityLab

The saying about a Monet—that's it's lovely from afar but messy up close—also applies to the annual ridership statistics released by the American Public Transportation Associat...

May 3, 2013

Pressured by Congress, States Picking Up Amtrak Subsidies

May 1, 2013

Obama Knocks Republicans Over Poor U.S. Airport Rankings

April 30, 2013


April 30, 2013

Obama Announces Charlotte Mayor Fox as Transportation Pick

March 1, 2013

Amtrak: Record Traffic in 2012

February 25, 2013

Virginia GOP Governor Raises Taxes for Transportation Plans

February 20, 2013

Congress Looks for Road Funds

February 13, 2013

Ray LaHood Defends Obama's Passenger Rail Plans