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Sen. Boxer (D-CA) speaks out on highway fund

Sen. Boxer (D-CA) speaks out on highway fund

| October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Senator Barbara Boxer, Democrat of California, announced in a recent letter that salvaging the Highway Trust Fund is a major focus of her office, reports the blog Better Roads. Boxer, in a letter addressed to Congressman Dave Camp, Chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means, and Congressman Sander Levin, reads, “Although Congress passed […]

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Tesla’s autopilot feature may encourage sprawl

Tesla’s autopilot feature may encourage sprawl

| October 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently announced that the auto innovator’s Model S will offer an autopilot feature, reports Wired, which lets the car drive itself in certain conditions. (We’ve reported on other self-driving car developments recently, including an autonomous Cadillac that’s in the works for model year 2017.) While the self-driving function may make some […]

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Don’t panic about ebola and public transit

Don’t panic about ebola and public transit

| October 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

Panic over Ebola seems to be spreading faster than the virus itself is, with mass hypochondria reports now making the news. But how dangerous is the virus, and is it even possible to catch it on public transportation? As Yahoo reports, Ebola can’t be passed through casual contact, and, although its symptoms can be flu-like, […]

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Should federal transport spending take job creation into account?

Should federal transport spending take job creation into account?

| October 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Even as the amount of federal funding awarded to contractors falls, there’s broad recognition that the country must invest in its transportation infrastructure. Earlier this week the Council on Foreign Relations released Transportation Infrastructure: Moving America, its report on America’s aging transportation network, while policy wonks such as former U.S. Treasury Secretary Larry Summers and former […]

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Detroit’s municipal parking system in disarray

Detroit’s municipal parking system in disarray

| October 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Detroit’s municipal parking department is under fire for mismanaging Park-Rite Detroit, the entity that operated the city’s lots and garages, for offenses including poor or lacking record-keeping, dubious expenses, and comingling of funds, according to CBS Detroit. The recent independent audit undertaken by the city’s inspector general has not yet been publicly released, but was […]

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Millennials leading the way in carless commuting

Millennials leading the way in carless commuting

| October 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

While baby boomers continue to drive to work en masse, recently released census data suggests that transportation-related change is afoot. Commuters, led by young workers, are moving towards carless transportation, opting increasingly for public transport and walking, reports the Brookings Institution. Census information from the 2013 American Community Survey points out the specifics: workers aged […]

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Paint job boosts transit efficiency in San Francisco

Paint job boosts transit efficiency in San Francisco

| October 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

A mere fresh coat of paint has led to significant improvements in San Francisco’s public transit service. While the city has long designated transit-only lanes, the city’s buses and light rail are frequently plagued by cars entering their designated lane. Until recently, many of the lanes featured simple stencils noting this transit-only restriction. But since […]

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Is it your car, or are parking spaces shrinking?

Is it your car, or are parking spaces shrinking?

| October 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

Standard parking spaces measure 9 feet by 18 feet, but the 2014 Ford F-150—the most popular vehicle in the United States—measures a little over 8 feet by 19 feet. That gives its passengers trying to get out of the truck about 6 inches on either side—and that’s if the truck is perfectly parked in an […]

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Little support for Texan transit; even less for toll roads

Little support for Texan transit; even less for toll roads

| October 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

The 410,000 who joined in last month’s People’s Climate March may want to visit the Lone Star State. 38% of residents there believe public transit reduces congestion, but only 6% of Texans use it as their primary means of travel, according to a study released by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute. Conducted in May, the study surveyed more […]

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Seattle adopts demand-based parking prices

Seattle adopts demand-based parking prices

| October 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

Seattle may soon join the ranks of San Francisco and Los Angeles: cities that have dynamic or time-of-day pricing for its parking network. The idea stems from Donald Shoup, a professor of urban planning at the University of California, Los Angeles. According to his research on the economics of parking, drivers won’t park at spaces […]

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Growing pains for San Francisco’s car-sharing initiative

Growing pains for San Francisco’s car-sharing initiative

| October 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

The parking-lot business is feeling the heat of San Francisco’s real estate market: private lots are being sold for new development, lowering the number of parking spaces in the city. That trend is affecting the public’s view of San Francisco’s car-sharing initiative. Announced in the spring, the program reserves 900 on-street parking spots for three […]

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