Transportation roundup 11/21/14

| November 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

Washington, D.C. cancelled the planned streetcar that was to serve the Columbia Pike neighborhood in Arlington. David Alpert at Greater Greater Washington goes through some of the possible outcomes of the cancellation, and discusses fallout.

Congrats, champ! From mariordo59.

Congrats, champ! From mariordo59.

The Los Angeles Auto Show’s Green Car of the Year ribbon was pinned not on Tesla, but the BMW i3. Unlike other plug-in cars, this one is actually mass-produced; no wait list needed.

CityLab ran an interesting interview with Matts-Åke Belin, Sweden’s traffic safety strategist, describing the unnervingly different approach Sweden has taken to protecting its citizens from car crashes. Although Belin does remark, “Even in our country context, it still has been a struggle to get our road engineers to understand that they are responsible, it starts with them.” Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose…

As part of the LSE Urban Age conference in Delhi, Alia Dharssi at the Global Urbanist discusses the opportunities and problems presented by the world’s ongoing urbanization and densification. Long story short, spatial planning is going to play a role in any effort to reduce the demand side of the fossil fuel equation.

The march of traffic detection continues Brazilward as Quercus has installed induction loops in Rio, Recife and Belo Horizonte.

The International Parking Institute agrees with AASHTO, proposing Pigouvian taxes on gas and diesel consumption or on miles driven.

 

And below the floorboards of the state Departments of Transportation echoes the telltale thump of news:

 

 

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