Washington, D.C., has grand plans for its grand transportation hub, Union Station. But will they get past financial and political hurdles? The Washington Post's Steven Pearlstein examines the plans and the obstacles in an extensive online piece.
Tom Vanderbilt succinctly explains the circular thinking of modern traffic safety engineers.
The world seems to think that electric cars are the magical solution to all the woes caused by overdependence on personal automobiles. But, as Planetizen's Brent Toderian points out, that's just not true. (And I would posit that the same arguments can be made about looking at self-driving cars as a panacea.)
The Obama administration has submitted a four-year transportation proposal to Congress which, among other things, improves the highway/transit funding split to 75/25, allocates nearly $5 billion annually for high-speed rail, and plugs the hole in the almost-out-of-money Highway Trust Fund.
When I wanted to find out exactly how much of Greater New York's rail network I had ridden, I searched the internet for information on how big the network actually is—and discovered that no one seems to know. So I added it up. Myself. (And discovered that I've ridden 72% of it.)
As it turns out, I was about 10 miles off in my calculation of the total route miles covered by the New York City region's rail network.
I have a new (and, some would say, unsurprising) goal: to ride all 1,370 miles of passenger rail currently in service in the New York City region. That means the entire rail networks operated by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, New Jersey Transit, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
A writer at Streetsblog USA points out the inconsistency of building inefficient car-centric transportation systems and land-use patterns and then accusing transit of being inefficient when it fills in the gaps (and wide gaps they are).
Apparently it was necessary.
Gothamist explains why a rail connection to LaGuardia has never happened—and, at the rate we're going, probably never will.