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Trillions wasted on #autosprawl. Planners: "oops."

BetterCities : "How did the transportation planning and engineering professions go so wrong? In the Journal of the American Planning Association, Eric Dumbaugh of Florida Atlantic University explains how some tenets of modern street design grew out of conjecture, not science, that seemed reasonable at the time. Show More Summary

Cycling at 6% of Commute, Transit at 8% and … Blagh, Blagh, Blagh…

Let’s talk numbers and the real world. I’m going to lay out a few things in this post. Why the way we measure auto versus cycling versus transit versus walking commutes in metropolitan areas is an absurd, myopic and broken way to set policy around roads and systems in which modes are used on those roadways. […]

News Roundup: Merry Christmas!

Is the Times slowly going urbanist? Two articles about I-405’s traffic miseries this week, correctly diagnosing the problem as “jobs and housing too far apart” ($) and that [“freeways] destroy city neighborhoods and …are actually congestion generators.” ($) Want a good primer on the SEPA and EIS processes? Read the SonicsRising sports blog, seriously. Hyperbole […]

Happy Holidays

Thanks for being here and reading and participating. It means a lot to me.I'm not actually posting this today as I should be surrounded by friends and family and eating way too much good food. Hopefully Santa brought me a Canon 7D Mk II camera.. but I'm not holding my breath on that one. :)


I would like to take this time & wish all of my readers a MERRY CHRISTMAS! xoxo Transit Blogger

Steve Hunter's PEI Photos

Noted Prince Edward Island rail expert Steve Hunter has posted a selection of his PEI rail photos from the 1970s to abandonment. I applaud his decision to share some of his photos and I encourage you to go have a look. If you have Alan Graham's Prince Edward Island Railway book, you'll probably recognize a few. Show More Summary

#IslamicState forces Saudi Kingdom to take desperate gamble

Russia has been rising in power as the US is bogged down by resistance in Ukraine, Iraq, and Syria. Saudi oil is running out, costing more every day to pump water in and out. Cheap oil is the cornerstone of western power.Now they have to use the last of their oil and risk financial chaos to weaken Russia. Show More Summary

No Room at the (Good) Inns

The next day the clouds are still towering above the mountains. Their fluffy-seeming shapes are pregnant with supercooled water, yearning for something to freeze on, especially something thin and sharp like my propeller blades or the leading edges of my wings and stabilizers. Show More Summary

LREOTW: The Interview

The limited release of the Seth Rogen / James Franco vehicle The Interview means that Columbia City’s Ark Lodge Cinema is the only venue in King County ($)  (at the moment) one will be able to see it. That makes it a fine choice for our light rail excuse of the week (LREOTW). The premiere […]

MH17: Russia changes its allegations

There has been a significant change in the Russian position over the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over the disputed civil war ridden eastern Ukraine on 17 July with the loss of 298 lives. A blurred out video claimed to be of an eyewitness to a Ukraine flown Russian built Su-25 being involved in [...]

Flying on the Snowball Express with American Airlines

The Snowball Express folks lined up on the tarmac in Atlanta with some familiar faces – Photo: Jason Rabinowitz The sun had yet to rise over the control tower at New York’s JFK Airport on the cold December morning, but the party at Terminal 8 was already well underway. This was no ordinary day [...]Show More Summary

2014 Bright Spots

It was an up and down year for Seattle-area transit. Ultimately this may be remembered as the year the City of Seattle got back in the transit game in a big way. As the year winds down, I thought it might be good to recap the good stuff that happened in the last 12 months.  Thanks […]

CO: Boulder Group Backs Ads Against U.S. Support for Israel 'War Crimes'

It's unlikely that the buses bearing the controversial messages will be seen in Boulder County, but local activists are voicing their support for a round of ads that debuted in the Denver metro area last week decrying Israel's ongoing conflict with Palest

WI: Bus Service Provides Service for 'Transit Dependent' Residents

On Monday, the Rock County Human Services Board approved the county's contract with the bus service.

FL: Complimentary Bus Fares Offered Throughout January to Promote New MCAT Route to Lakewood Ranch

News that Manatee County Area Transit is beginning its long-awaited bus-route expansion to Lakewood Ranch in January was well-received on Tuesday afternoon at the DeSoto Transfer Station in Bradenton.

KS: Koch the Primary Donor to Sales Tax Opposition Group

Koch Cos. Public Sector spent more than $1 million to defeat a proposed city sales tax, according to campaign finance documents filed with Sedgwick County.

TX: Transit Options Eyed for Area Near ExxonMobil Campus

When ExxonMobil Corp. announced plans three years ago to move thousands of employees to a corporate campus just south of The Woodlands, it spurred a housing boom to accommodate all of the workers relocating to the area.

WI: County Asks State High Court to Rule on Land Issue for Couture Project

Milwaukee County on Tuesday petitioned the Wisconsin Supreme Court to rule on the location of the Lake Michigan shoreline in downtown Milwaukee, the next step in the county's sale of land for the proposed $122 million Couture apartment high-rise, official

FL: JTA Headquarters Moves Downtown, Big Plans on the Horizon

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority is heading into the New Year with big changes in appearance and in the way it does business.

CA: Golden Gate Transit to 5 Year Olds: Pay Up

Five-year-olds who previously have boarded Golden Gate Transit buses for free may have to cough up a youth fare beginning next year.

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